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How does creativity intersect with our spirituality? Conversations with artists to explore our humanity and spiritual identity through the integration of art and faith.

Art & Faith Conversations Libby John

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    • 5.0, 44 Ratings

How does creativity intersect with our spirituality? Conversations with artists to explore our humanity and spiritual identity through the integration of art and faith.

    Season 5 EP 14: Portraits of Shared Humanity

    Season 5 EP 14: Portraits of Shared Humanity

    Artist, Hannah Rose Thomas, began a journey of healing when she was asked to organize an art project for Syrian refugees in 2014. She went on to continue this humanitarian work of art and empathy and had the privilege to hear the stories of women in Northern Iraq and Nigeria who had survived incredible trauma and violence. She taught them to paint their own portraits which became a process of healing in restoring their own personhood, something they said was of their highest value. Many of the women painted themselves with tears of gold coming down their face and Hannah has since began compiling her portraits of the women into a book with that very title, Tears of Gold. She describes her work as giving a voice to the voiceless and uses the paintings as tools of advocacy to bring about change.
    Her work has been shown in Houses of Parliament, European Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Lambeth Palace, The Saatchi Gallery and Durham Cathedral.  Three of Hannah’s paintings of Yezidi women were chosen by HRH The Prince of Wales for his exhibition Prince & Patron in Buckingham Palace in 2018.
    She is a Durham graduate in Arabic and History, with an MA from the Prince's School of Traditional Art in London. Hannah will be beginning her PhD at Glasgow University in September 2020 with the UNESCO ‘Art Lab for Human Rights and Dialogue.’
    To connect with her and see her work visit:
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    • 36 min
    Season 5 EP 13: Dialogue Through Dance

    Season 5 EP 13: Dialogue Through Dance

    Julianna Rubio Slager is co-founder and artistic director of professional dance company, Ballet 5:8 based out of Chicago. Her vision in establishing the company was to bring more dialogue of hope to the Chicago art scene. She serves as resident choreographer with a mission bring something significant to the audience that would otherwise remain veiled through thought provoking and breath taking dance.
    With their spring tours getting canceled, Ballet 5:8 is hosting online performances of their work.
    Click here to RSVP to their critically acclaimed performance of "Butterfly" about the Jewish artists who were held in the same concentration camp during WW2. It's available April 19-21st for viewing w/ tickets being on a pay what you can basis to help cover the wages of the dancers for their canceled season due to COVID-19.

    • 42 min
    Season 5 EP12: Art as an Essential Mercy w/ Makoto Fujimura

    Season 5 EP12: Art as an Essential Mercy w/ Makoto Fujimura

    Makoto Fujimura is an internationally renowned artist, writer and speaker. He has written three books including Culture Care and has served as Presedential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009.
    His work has been featured in galleries worldwide and he continues to be recognized as a cultural influencer. A graduate of Bucknell University he is also the recipient of four Doctor of Arts Honorary Degrees. 
    We talk about the artist's response to the global pandemic and how beauty and mercy become essential in a crisis.

    • 32 min
    Season 5 EP 10: Honest Realism

    Season 5 EP 10: Honest Realism

    Visual artist, Jenedy Paige, paints in the representational tradition of art and describes herself as a realist in every sense of the word. Beginning with prayer and journaling, she then paints the things she's experiencing such as joy, loss, sorrow and ambition.
    Her stunning imagery draws the viewer in to experience these things as well. Her book, Coming Full Circle, is a journey of loss and the healing she encountered after her son passed away from a tragic accident. Connect with her and her work at:

    • 37 min
    Season 5 EP 11: What is Essential?

    Season 5 EP 11: What is Essential?

    Illustrator, Jared Boggess, joins me to talk about the reorientation of what we deem essential in response to COVID-19. We are waking up to a new normal and finding that what we need and crave is human contact, religious practice and art. These are strange and uncertain times, but how we respond will be a marker on history. Join me for conversations that draw you out of isolation and into communal thought about our humanity and basic needs.
    Jared is the founder of Fish Coin Press and creates evocative  illustrations that tell a visual story based on biblical narratives. He is launching a new kickstarter project along with 10 other illustrators from around the world to create scripture trading cards. Their hope is to help people engage with the biblical text in new ways no matter their doubts or religious background. 

    • 27 min
    Season 5 EP 10: Meditative Prayer and Poem

    Season 5 EP 10: Meditative Prayer and Poem

    A meditative practice for Lent. A 5 min episode that includes a short prayer to reset our daily rhythms and focus our very breath on freedom. Included is a poem designed to listen to daily as you set your mind and heart on slower living, remembering what is most important.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

minimalish_mom ,

I love this topic

I just love the topic of this podcast! So unique and I love the way the host approaches it! This conversation is one that many aren't happening so I'm grateful that Libby has made space for it!

Mary Carver ,

So interesting!

Libby has the most fascinating guests and topics and takes on the intersection of faith and art, and I learn something new every time I listen.

jbethanyanderson ,

Beautifully inspiring!

As an artist, I’m fascinated with the creative ways God engages our hearts. I love that Libby holds space with this podcast to delve into this needed conversation around art & faith because those two things are crucial to our essence as humans & spiritual beings.

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