The summer series is called Interviews with the Artists. In the series Cody Anderson interviews a wide range of popular and not so popular artists in their fields. Some of these interviews cover music, writing, design, computer animation, satire, novels, home-made music videos, orchestras, Biblical historical fiction, and more...!
This episode we welcome Michael Minkoff from the Nehemiah Foundation and Renew the Arts. Michael is a multi-instrumental musician, a writer, a lyricist, and author, but primarily a poet. You could say he is the jack of all trades, artist of many, and master of none.
This episode is packed full of great information and perspective of the arts as a whole and more specifically in the church. There weren't may questions asked because Micheal just walked right through the questions I had and nailed it down pretty good.
Listen in as he talks about his art, how he got into it and how he came to the point of starting a foundation just for Christian artists who need to be heard. His heart and desire behind the Nehemiah Foundation is awesome. He knows where the culture lays in its view of the arts that come from Christendom and how Christian artists are being treated by the church and not supported.
We talk about how the church fails, failed, and is failing to notice its talented and called artist and how they won't help them until they are listened to or making money. The church doesn't take are seriously. Art is seen as either a luxury that isn't necessary or as a commodity. But it is far more than that, it is communication. We see this in the Bible as God communicated His Word to us in the form of art through many artists. Art is central to the Gospel and it can be used for good and bad. We, as Christians and Christian artists need to support and get behind the artist in our local congregations and stop supporting a secularized art world in the culture at large around us. If we want good Christian art we are going to have to stand up and pay for it...
And you can do that through Micheal's foundation using the links below!
Micheal's Top recommendations:
1. Find them @ Renew the Arts
2. Flannery O"Conner Mystery and Manners
Follow or contact Michael and his foundation:
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Facbook: Nehemiah Foundation for Cultural Renewal
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