Art and Christianity
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
Federal and state budget shortfalls in recent years have extinguished or severely threatened art programs in our public schools. We at AGAP believe that art education is a fundamental component of school curricula and aim to compensate for the reduction in school programs by providing extracurricular outlets for aspiring artists…
But what lies at the root of our commitment to arts education?
Jesus Christ and our belief that God allows us to praise Him through Art, to reflect His glory through Art, and to be functioning members of the body of Christ through Art. We view our students as God’s own artwork or “workmanship” that He created so deliberately, and we established AGAP so that our students could come to know Jesus and respond to Him in kind with artwork of their own.
God allows us to praise Him through Art
Psalm 33:1-4. Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
God allows us to reflect His glory through Art
Isaiah 12:5. Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.
Isaiah 44:23. Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.
Jeremiah 31:11-13. For the LORD will ransom Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they. They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD…Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
God allows us to be functioning members of the body of Christ through our gifts and skills in Art
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 and 12-20. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men…The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
1 Chronicles 15:16-22. David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brothers as singers to sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals…Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it.