Arts & Entertainment Ministries

Rating: 4.75 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Religion

Location: 2361 Glendon Ave Los Angeles CA 90064 USA

Mission: To Radically Impact the Arts and Entertainment Industry by:Equipping godly men and women to bring the truth and grace of the gospel by communicating a Christian Worldview through their art, and Engaging their colleagues with an effective gospel witness.
Programs: Arts & Entertainment Institute, Evening of Arts & Entertainment, Artist Forums

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an older pastor with a long time interest in the art and music. Over the years I have sought to support emerging artists and organizations integrating Christian faith and artist excellence. Arts and Entertainment Ministry (AEM) has been an easily mission to get behind. The experienced leadership and sharp teaching edge speaks for itself, but the ministry serves a unique role in nurturing people of faith engaged in an industry that often challenges their integrity. The relational support and accountability this supplies has filled a major void in connecting those desiring to enter vocations in the world of art and entertainment. AEM functions in a priestly role to the church, where artistic sensibilities and pursuits are not always properly understood or appreciated. In the time of our association my enthusiasm and confidence in this ministry has only grown. Our church supports this ministry because it provides a partnership with quality Christian leaders and artists who are infusing wisdom and integrity into an industry that influences the entire world.

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My favorite event is the annual Night of Arts and Entertainment. The evening features artistic displays that covered the spectrum from Sculpture to poetry and weaving to rap. Each exhibit is hosted by the creating artists who interact with individuals and then are gathered together to speak and take questions from the whole gathered assembly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would hire an executive administrator to do nothing but write grant proposals, raise funds, and build liaisons with private schools and colleges that promote and integrate Christian faith and creative arts and expression.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to an A & E seminar with no expectations and left inspired and thrilled. The presentations were content rich and well presented, with ample time for discussion with other participants.

The A & E team cares deeply about the subject matter, and is truly interested in each attendee.

I highly recommend A & E.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

New inspiration for my work

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see them funded better.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a professional screenwriter. Arts and Entertainment Ministries is a dynamic organization that supports artists with a particular worldview. For a period of time I attended meetings held by Joel Pelsue where several of us got together to talk about our lives from both a professional and personal perspective. Here we could be quite open about what some of our struggles were. Being with like-minded artists, who were solid and committed professionals, and knowing that these individuals simply "got it" when you talked about some particular challenge you were going through, was refreshing. Joel, who has a music background himself, understands our journeys. This was one of the great things that I appreciated about him. Every artist, whatever their specific area of focus is, and whatever their specific worldview might be, has moments where they feel quite isolated. Finding a supportive group can help deal with this sense of isolation. Arts and Entertainment Ministries was that place for me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I found other artists who understood my professional and personal journey.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Joel is extremely solid and professional in what he does. An incredible heart to serve people in the arts. It appears that he struggles each year with trying to get the necessary financing to keep going at the level that he desires. He needs strong, supportive donors with a regular, ongoing, commitment.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It's comprehension of the day-to-day struggle of artists.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In October 2009 I participated in the 6th Annual Arts and Entertainment Ministries Show . I am a sculptor and performance artist. I exhibited three sculptures and did a performance called "Fragility". My experience with AEM has been very important for me as an artist and as a person. The integrity of the directors, Rev. Joel and Michele Pelsue, and their commitment to excellence and honesty in the work of the artists, are the reasons why I try to attend all the meetings of the Institute. During those times, we discuss and wrestle with relevant topics that have to do with our faith and our work. At AEM we have become a community of artists who care not only about doing work, but how our work is going to contribute to our culture and our world: is our work going to make a difference?

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The 2009 Annual AEM show was an incredible experience. The team work of all the artists and volunteers was the thing that made the evening a memorable time not only for our audience but for us as artists. The evening was followed by two days of intense study and lectures. As a result I feel that I belong to a community of serious and committed artists.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see the Annual AEM Evening of Art and Entertainment to be extended to at least a week, so that the exhibit would have a chance to be viewed by more people. It would be great to have a permanent gallery space.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a gallery owner and have put on many higher end shows in the South Bay area. I consider myself a strong critic of fine art, particularly Christian art and for the most part, I have not experienced a high degree of skill and marketing in the Christian art community until I became involved with Arts and Entertainment Ministries. Joel, Michelle and their art jury do a very skillful job of weeding through the Christian art community to find the artists that are not only very talented, but also represent a broad spectrum of art medium. They are great facilitators in taking the message from the artists, organizing the "story", and putting on events that bring the public into the heart of the bigger picture. They do it with excitement, dynamism and depth. Let me emphasize depth....Joel is a deep communicator himself, and he understands that the culture is looking for honest, balanced, intelligent conversation.
They are not just 'doing art shows' , but forming a foundation of compelling point of views that incorporate the expression of the art world. Part of this foundation is the parallel addition of their Institute. Some people would balk at spending 2 days listening to a 'bible study' or professorial expose of art in our culture... I for one was one of those people. But I thought well enough of Joel and MIchelle to risk the time, and realize now that it was one of the most valuable 2 days of collective information and interacting with other artists that I could have spent.
On a pragmatic level, Joel and Michelle are very organized and extremely competent administrators. This makes their events satisfying to go to from that point....you are not dragged to death!
I would have given them 5 stars, but they are still in the growth stage. Their marketing plan is well-balanced and well thought out, so I expect to see large impacts on whole groups of professionals particularly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The yearly art event, the Institute and their monthly meetings with alumni of the Institute.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find bigger venues...bigger facilities to hold their events that are freeway friendly.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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My name is Jahmal Holland and I am a recording/performing artist. Since becoming involved with Arts and Entertainment Ministries, I have found answers to questions that have concerned me since I began my career in the entertainment field. Pastor Joel and Michele Pelsue are both insightful and supportive and have provided me with wisdom and resources that have encouraged and facilitated my growth as an artist. The support I've received from Arts and Entertainment Ministries has served in large part to enable my development as an artist.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Greater artistic freedom and creativity which is crucial in my profession.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding and support for this organization in order to make the resources and instruction it provides more widely available.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been to two of their annual " Eve of the Artist" gatherings. I saw painted art, music, short artistic movies, humorists, and story tellers. The event has a particular metaphysic; that Christianity is true and fits the facts of reality. So all the art methods I saw to express each ones craft, that evening, represented that faith and the evidence they see which gives them a wide birth of confidence to communicate their art.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending a few Artists Forums.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the artists show their work in a larger building.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Arts & Entertainment Ministries is a great organization! They have been very helpful to me in both of my fields - music (as I am a singer/songwriter and was honored to be a part of their performance evening) and film (as I work at a film production company). Not only was I able to be a part of their performance evening, but I was able to gain great insight by attending their weekend conference as well. They also have monthly programs and evenings of interest to bring people in the entertainment industry together. As a whole, I am so grateful to them and the work that they do! :)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Among other things, I was able to have a very interesting conversation with others who are in my field and are also Christians, to get their perspective on a dilemma I was having with a film work project.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't think enough people know about them. The word should be spread!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Arts and Entertainment Ministries do a fantastic job integrating faith with art and having a very postive impact on art / artists who want to express God's love through various art mediums.



It is a fantastic ministry to say the very least.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A very positive manner

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them reach more people

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Rating: 5 stars  

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AEM is a unique ministry. There are other ministries that focus on equipping Christians to live holy lives, and there are of course many organizations to help artists network with each other and improve their craft, but as far as I know, AEM is the only organization that integrates both of these. AEM has been instrumental in encouraging me to be a better artist (musician) and a more mature Christian, and to navigate the sometimes difficult territory of being a follower of Christ and an artist at the same time. I have known AEM founders Joel and Mich Pelsue for ten years, and they are two of the most honest, loving, and passionate people that I've ever met. Just spending an hour with them, you come away inspired to love Jesus and to want to create great art! The "Arts & Entertainment Institute" that they've put together will blow your mind... it's like an advanced degree in art and theology packed into two days, all with a very practical focus. If you're serious about art AND Christianity, I guarantee it will change you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life: helping me to look at art from a new perspective

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find someone willing to donate a permanent gallery space! :)

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