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.
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?
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 was an exhibiting artist at the 2009 AEM Arts and Entertainment Ministry Night. The program is run with the utmost professionalism and integrity. My experience with the organization has made a huge impact on my professional, and personal life. The conference I had the privilege to attend in 2010, was inspirational and motivating. Joel and Michelle continue to help their artists with monthly meetings that help us stay motivated, and focused. This organization is a benefit to Art and Entertainment industry, and a huge blessing to people out there trying to make it, in this difficult, and challenging field.
I was blessed to be selected to exhibit my drawings October of 2009 in the AEM Night of Arts and Entertainment. Since then I have been attending the once a month gathering of artists to discuss artists issues from a Christian point of view. At times this gathering resembles a bible study, sometimes it is community building, and at other times it is Q an A where artists can voice their concerns and experiences regarding the larger arts communities they are a part of. I find this group particularly exciting because the church at large doesn't always understand the experience, personality, passion, focus, and unique vision that God imparts into the artistic temperment. In my lifetime I have seen the church take wonderful steps forward in embracing the visual arts. (I am a painter.) But in my view the church still has a ways to go. This ministry speaks to these issues frankly and with an open mind. This ministry also encourages artists to look deeper into their spiritual walk to understand how their relationship with the Lord will influence their work. This deeper sense of accountability, I believe helps artists to be more consistent in fusing together personal faith and artistic output. I look forward to seeing where AEM goes in the future. There is a lot to explore in how we as artists bring faith and creativity together. In a way I feel like we've only just begun. Furthermore, I look forward to the impact AEM will have on the world with the thinker/artists it influences. Isn't this the goal? I believe our goal is to bring first rate art into the world at large. Like all great art AEM artists will create works that will expand and open peoples mind to see in new ways. Because we have Christ, we will bring a fresh spirit into the hearts and minds of our viewers.