Incarnate, OM Arts’ biennial school of arts in mission, is underway in Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy!
The uniqueness of Incarnate is found in a holistic approach to discipling artists. Students from multiple artistic disciplines experience life in community, formal learning, integrated outreach, worship, studio time, an arts festival, fun and next steps coaching. There are three simultaneous tracks of God’s Story (theology), Your Story (spiritual maturity) and 10,000 Stories (arts in mission). Students have studio time with a mentor and projects focused on their artistic discipline. New this year is a month of field placement after the 12 weeks in Italy.
26 students from 12 nations are “Living Beautifully Together” at Incarnate 2016. One week, students explored the concepts of Unity and Diversity, beginning with a creative exercise to help them engage with the basic Christian doctrine of the Trinity. You can read OM Arts Director Bill Drake’s blog post about that here.
Recently, the artists were bussed into the neighboring village to cultivate relationships with locals and to create works of art in response to what they experienced. This article was just featured in OM’s weekly e-news and contains stories of three students’ experiences.
Heart Sounds International Co-founder, Frank Fortunato, is teaching this week on Cross Cultural Aspects of Worship. I will have the opportunity to attend the Festival Week at the beginning of April and meet the students before they do their month of ministry placement. I’ll also present HSI’s ministry. Pray that God will stir their hearts to encourage culturally relevant worship wherever they will work in the future!
*Photo credit to Julia.