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Art and the Church

Canada and USA organizations church and art

Canada and USA organizations and websites church and art and architecture

Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild, Vancouver BC. The Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild is a society of artists and associates promoting the practice and appreciation of sacred arts as defined by the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. The aims of the guild touch upon the spiritual, educational, promotional and practical aspects of sacred art. (E)
Lift Up Your Hearts. Worship & Spirituality Site of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. With worship resources and many links for church art and architecture. (E)
Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space (ACLS). The Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space is an organization comprised of liturgical consultants, liturgical design consultants, architects, liturgical artists, and liturgists. They are a voluntary membership organization of professionals dedicated to the creation of beautiful worship spaces for communities of faith. (E)
The Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. Educates artists in theology and theologians in the arts.The center aspires to be an evangelical arts think tank, with five stand-alone institutes focused upon worship and music, film and moving images, art and architecture, drama, journalism and creative writing, preaching and the study of the "emerging church," which incorporates painting, dance and other fine arts into worship. (E)
By/For Ministries. By/For encourages artists to create sacred worship art by the church, for the church. Great art happens in community. By/For desires to strengthen ties between artists and their worship communities, so that both can grow together. Encourages art patronage. (E)
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids MI. For the study and renewal of worship. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship aims to promote the scholarly study of the theology, history, and practice of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in worshiping communities across North America and beyond. It is an interdisciplinary study and ministry center dedicated to both understanding and revitalizing the practice of Christian worship. It has a  website with a wealth of articles, resources, bibliographies etc., also on liturgy and the visual arts. (E)
Center for Liturgical Art, Augustana College, Sioux Falls IA, Lutheran. Our mission is to become a repository of information regarding the Liturgical Art of this region, for Clergy of all denominations, Architects, and Artists. (E)
Center for Liturgical Art, Concordia University, Seward, NE. The Center for Liturgical Art works with architects, liturgical consultants and master artisans in the design of worship space and the creation of ecclesiastical art. The CLA also promotes the use of visual art in worship, encouraging artists to assist the church in its ministry and providing educational outreach programs in the visual arts through the stewardship of God's gift of art. (E)
Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), Wenham, MA. Connecting the artists, the church and the culture. Networking organisation for visual artists in North America, publishes a newsletter three times a year and holds a bi-annual conference. Christians in the Visual Arts exists to explore and nurture the relationship between the visual arts and the Christian faith. It seeks to encourage Christians in the visual arts to develop their particular callings to the highest professional level possible and to foster intelligent understanding, a spirit of trust, and a cooperative relationship between those in the arts, the church, and society. CIVA organizes workshops, exhibitions, conferences. CIVA has now appr. 1300 members across the USA and Canada. Members come from all denominations. (E)
ECVA, Episcopal Church Visual Arts. The mission of The ECVA is to encourage artists, individuals, congregations, and scholars to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church. ECVA values the significance of visual imagery in spiritual formation and the development of faith, and creates programs to support those who are engaged in using the visual arts in spiritual life. E)
Eyekons. Gallery, stock image bank (a digital marketplace of spiritual art), visual tools for creative worship, store (gifts, cards, books), giclee print collection and info on the artists that are represented in their collection. (E)
Faith and Form, Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), Washington DC. Represents clergy, lay leaders, artists, architects, and landscape designers concerned with design for worship. 
The Foundation for Sacred Arts, Washington D.C.The Foundation for Sacred Arts is a Catholic organization which has been founded to encourage and inspire the production and promotion of sacred arts for the glory of God and the transformation of society. The Foundation for Sacred Arts seeks to stimulate a movement in the fine arts by inspiring those with artistic talent to create works of truth, beauty, and goodness. Our projects include: a series of travelling exhibits which present and promote the work of contemporary Christian artists; a network of chapters of Christian artists in cities throughout the country to enable these artists to meet and share ideas; and a database of information on Christian artists active in the country today. (E)
Institute for Sacred Architecture. The Institute publishes 'Sacred Architecture Journal' and important studies on Catholic architecture.  (E)
The New Renaissance Rising. The Resource Site for Connecting, Equipping and Inspiring Churches and Artists for the New Renaissance. It's a movement to reintegrate inspired art into the church and spiritually powerful art into the culture. A movement that will connect artists with the ultimate Creator and their true selves, invigorate the Body of Christ and convey God's love to the world in creative and authentic ways. (E)
Partners for Sacred Places, National Center for the Stewardship and Preservation of Historic Religious Properties, Philadelphia, PA. Partners is a national, non-sectarian, non-profit organization devoted to helping congregations and their communities sustain and actively use older and historic sacred places. (E)
Proposon School of Iconology, Whitney Point, NY. The Prosopon School of Iconology introduces students to the practice and theory of the ancient Christian art of icon-writing in the Byzantine-Russian tradition. Icons and church painting work can be commissioned.  (E)