Note from Jeanne: I met Jonathan Assink last week in Seattle, when I had the delightful privilege of attending an organizational meeting Curtis and Grace hosted for local artists interested in working with Arts Aftercare. Jonathan is currently pursuing a masters degree in International Care and Community Development at Northwest University in Kirkland, and Arts Aftercare recently recruited him to research overseas shelters that use art therapy for victims of human trafficking. After chatting with Jonathan about his research and passion, I asked him to guest post for The Master's Artist.
Artistic mediums and styles are as varied as the people who identify themselves as artists. My goal here is to add to the existing discussion about the role of artists in the Church and greater society, rather than attempt a definitive statement on what is art and what is not. As Christians we are called to be creative beings; as artists our faith should inform our creations; the concept of justice is a central part of our faith; our art then should reflect the Biblical concept of justice.