International Arts Movement A place for the integration of art, faith and humanity. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:59:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mail Art Exhibit: Guitar Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:20:45 +0000 IAM Admin You can be part of a California art exhibition from anywhere in the world. Our friend Gary Bibb is utilizing a guitar shop in Carlsbad, CA for a “mail art” exhibit. He’ll be showing approximately 100 pieces that offer an interpretation of the theme “Guitar”. Send your work by September 21st!

Details: works to be on paper 4″ x 6″; no fee, no return, not for sale; family appropriate for the onsite exhibit.

Mailing address: Gary Bibb c/o Buffalo Brothers Guitars | 4901 El Camino Real | Carlsbad, CA 92008 | USA

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Price of Life Short Film Contest Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:53:08 +0000 IAM Admin What do you & Ashton Kutcher have in common?

You can both make art to fight human trafficking.

In the beginning of July, we shared with you the Just Art Contest. The short film competition is now open to all U.S. students/recent alum nationwide! The winners will receive $5000 in prizes. A jury of key art-world figures will evaluate submissions and select winners to be exhibited in a curated show at New York’s City Center at the Price of Life finale. The visual and infographic competitions are still underway, for all artists who want to use their gifts to save lives and bring awareness to America. This page tells you all you need to know.



As our world has become more connected than ever before, the darkest issues of inequality and injustice on our planet have begun to rise to the surface. And through the power of film, these issues are inspiring and mobilizing the masses to make a difference.

Here are resources about human trafficking to aid in your creative process.

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The St. Louis’ Readers Guild on “Mariette in Ecstasy” by Ron Hansen Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:37:59 +0000 IAM Admin Mariette in ecstasyOur discussion of ”Mariette in Ecstasy” opened on the question of the veracity of Mariette’s experiences.  The author did not take sides, according to one reader, but gave the objective context in which these events took place.  Others felt these events were to be taken as real things that happened to her.  Another said that the issue is how people who were with her behaved in the light of these events,  whether they believed or did not.
A principle drawn by one reader is that God gives enough revelation to cause to you seek him, but not enough to find him.  The life of faith is this way, and Mariette expressed it herself in her first letter to Pere Marriott, pp42-4.  The hiddenness of God is only half the story however, because it was possible to have joy and live in the heartening fullness of God also, as the sisters did, p30.

We discussed the nature of religious life.  Its structure, its usefulness, its fittingness for Christian followers.  The question of “what are people for in general” came up.  It was said that people are made for penance, rapture, love of neighbor, work, prayer….all the things that were present in the priory.   How clever of the author to draw us into a picture of a beautiful Christian life, in the context of our base and degrading contemporary culture, and to give us religious instruction along the way, which challenges our badly structured modern lives.

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Letter from Gwen Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:11:09 +0000 IAM Admin We recently received this email from Gwen and thought it was worth sharing. We love to hear stories like this because it is what we aspire to create: a community that perpetuates great work and rich relationships. Meet Gwen and other new friends at #INHABIT this fall!


“I live in Fort Worth, Texas.  This morning, I met an IAM friend who lives in California for breakfast. Last week I met a friend at DFW International Airport as she was flying between NYC and San Francisco –  our friendship developed over several years of IAM meetings.  I met another friend IAM friend in Austin, when she was speaking at an elementary school on a book she wrote.

My two oldest children have attended IAM conferences at various times and those times together at IAM  have been  instrumental in shaping our relationships as adults together.   I loved standing back and watching each of them interacting with other artists as adults.  It helped me see them as adults in their own right with their own giftings.

Last year I met with five IAM friends in Seattle, and other IAM friends in Waco and Dallas. This Spring I connected with three more IAM friends at Laity Lodge- one who lives in Japan!   Last fall I was able to spend time with IAM friends in Waco and Dallas.   I correspond regularly with IAM-ers in Colorado, Texas, Florida and New Jersey.

I could go on … but you get the picture.  My life is fuller because of those I have encountered through IAM.”

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Support new stage play CAGED Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:56:41 +0000 IAM Admin We recently received word of a new stage play that is being developed and that needs your help to succeed. CAGED is partnering with Elementary Productions, a new production company in the Dallas-Fort Worth area whose mission is is to create well-crafted works that inspire, challenge, and promote critical thinking for public issues. Elementary Productions focuses on the honesty and integrity of the story produced in order to help individuals value their personal worth and empower both individuals and organizations to focus on the issues that present themselves in today’s society.

To this end, CAGED focuses on the dangers of physical and emotional abuse that modern couples can experience under the stress of ever-changing and imbalanced lives. Crafted as a modern parable, this new play will speak viscerally to the heart of the audience and perpetuates the mission to advance inventive and effective ways of empowering individuals.

CAGED tells the story of a young married couple who have moved from Los Angeles to a small Mexican border town to pursue the husband’s career, and the resulting upheaval in the wife’s career. Anika and Alex are finding themselves dealing with anxiety, loneliness and depression. Aberrant physical and emotional behaviors are escalating and it seems as though each spouse’s personality is changing drastically.

To explore and support the production, you can go HERE. Every donation is tax deductible. More at Elementary Production’s Facebook page, too!




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Connecting in Chicago Edgewater Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:51:46 +0000 IAM Admin We recently heard of a generative collaboration between three organizations from the Chicago neighborhood of Edgewater. Kitchen Sink, a local cafe that exhibits local art and hosts community cultural events, hosted an art show created by residents of the All-American Nursing Home and Community Christian Church.

Members from the church spend weekly evenings at All-American, many of whose residents are veterans or struggle with mental illnesses. They are largely unable to participate in Edgewater’s larger community, and creative projects have become a way to spark conversation and to provide hope, beauty, and empowerment for the residents.




After spending time both making art at All-American and attending the events hosted by Kitchen Sink, Pastor Rich Gorman had the idea of connecting the two. He approached Kitchen Sink with the idea of displaying All-American artwork and creating another spoke of connection within Edgewater. Kitchen Sink jumped on board, and together they curated an exhibit that allowed a neglected voice to speak into its community.



Here is what Rich says about the experience:

Remember that there is meaning beyond absurdity. Know that every deed counts, that every word is power…Above all, remember that you must build your life as if it were a work of art.

Abraham Joshua Heschel


Buildings can communicate a lot. The facade of the All-American Nursing Home (5448 N. Broadway St.) is old and crumbling. Many of the bricks are missing or broken and the paint has faded. At first glance it is easy to see that its best days are in the past. From a distance one may be tempted to assume that the residents of the All-American Nursing Home are like the building, broken and crumbling with their best days behind them.

But every Thursday, a group of residents come together to prove this assumption wrong. These residents gather to express their regrets, hopes and dreams with brushes and paint.  This sampling of their work shows an immense creativity and hope in the midst of seemingly  insurmountable obstacles.  Far from thriving only in the past, these residents are in the process of building their lives today.

Our hope in this exhibit is to display the creativity, beauty and joy of the residents of the All- American Nursing Home.  If you take the time to look closely, you may learn a lot about finding hope in the midst of struggle. . .Theirs and your own.






]]> 0 The St. Louis’ Readers Guild on “The Power and The Glory” Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:00:01 +0000 IAM Admin Our readers all found the book compelling in spite of the fact that there were a complex group of characters to whom the priest related. 

The ideological  time of the 1940’s explains the authors backdrop of atheistic social engineering in Mexico, as it was in Spain and Europe also.  The attempt for the Red Shirts to stamp out pesky religion is an extravagant idea that many people believed could work at that time.  The author shows us, however, that the religious part of human nature is fixed and cannot be eradicated.  At the end of the story another priest is looking for shelter after the whiskey priest has been shot to death.   There will never be an end to the Christian religion in this life, and if one does not believe it, one will believe another religion or ideology.
The publishers note that the priest was “Striving to overcome physical and moral cowardice in order to find redemption” was generally agreed upon by our readers.   However, the whiskey priest was not a moral coward in that he continued to his duty as a priest at great cost to himself.  Though he felt he was not worthy, he had a great deal of moral courage, and faith.  Father Jose, on the other hand was shown to be a moral coward, committing the unpardonable sin of despair.

Joe Campbell’s myth of heroicism does not apply to this story because the priest did not really descend into hell, for one thing, nor did he come back transformed as a boon to humanity.  The priests life was more of a walk by faith which appears to be tragic (with passages of comic relief) all along, even to the end.  The life of faith does reveal itself by Campbell’s terms.  It cannot be ascertained by inspection.  It is ironically revealed in weakness.

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World Youth Alliance presents 2nd Annual International Arts Forum Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:25:31 +0000 IAM Admin World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to building free and just societies. These young people are committed to promoting a culture that affirms the inalienable dignity of the person and to creating solidarity within developed and developing nations.

The Alliance is presenting its 2nd Annual International Arts Forum Nov. 1-3, 2013. WYA believes that the arts communicate on the level of transcendence necessary to understand the intangible nature of the human person’s dignity, inviting deeper self-reflection and direction to what is beyond oneself. In light of this, this year’s forum will focus on the topic of Art and Beauty.  What is beauty?  What is the role of beauty in art? Should art always be beautiful?  What is the role of the artist?   

The forum gathers artists, scholars, and specialists from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds to dialogue about the relationship between art and the human person and the role of art in society. In addition to lectures and discussions, the program includes performances and presentations which allow artists to:

  • Perform or exhibit their art for the forum audience

  • Attend lectures by public intellectuals

  • Engage in dialogue with artists from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds

Last year, artists from countries including England, Togo, Kenya, Philippines, Mexico, Canada, and the United States were present, and the forum closed with a private concert hosted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and performed by the young musicians of World Youth Alliance’s Chamber Orchestra. The video below showcases some of last year’s participants.

Artists of all disciplines are invited to participate, and more information can be found here.


If you are a performing or visual artist interested in participating, please visit

For more information about the Forum and the World Youth Alliance, visit and further inquiries may contact Alexis Kende at .



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Just Life Competition UPDATE Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:59:01 +0000 IAM Admin We recently received an update to our recent Call for Jurors. Price of Life NYC has launched its collaborative competition! All artists are welcome to submit entries.

The focus of this competition is on the issue of human trafficking, a horrific injustice that is overshadowing our globe and our very own home of NYC. We are calling for works of art in any medium that engage this issue and show how a rising generation of artists envision standing for justice through their art practice.

Go here to sign up and to get more information.


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A Call for Jurors and Artists Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:29:42 +0000 IAM Admin Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth, a documentary about the modern-day abolitionist movement, and Price of Life is hosting 3 different art competitions in different genres. The competition hopes to enable artists consider their own creativity as a powerful vehicle for exploring issues of justice with a wide audience. Ultimately, the competition seeks to empower the creation of good works dealing with the truth, darkness, and/or hope of human trafficking.

The competition is in need of jurors able to curate awareness and participation among university students. Lia Chavez, Kent Anderson Butler, and Shawn Parr are a few of the jurors already involved in the competition; jurors would vote on the online submissions and could attend any local opening receptions or exhibits. To get involved, contact .


For details on the competitions, see below.

 POL just art overview

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