AFAA Director’s Note: A Look Behind, A Look Ahead

AFAA Director’s Note: A Look Behind, A Look Ahead

Happy New Year, AFAA family! As I sit here on the first morning of the new year, my heart is filled both with thanksgiving for God’s provision and the awe of His Sovereignty. A New Year brings to mind new beginnings and the start of a new work and so–to the surprise of none who know me well–my thoughts naturally went to the Westminster Catechism. The first question of the shorter catechism is: What is the chief end of man? And all the saints would respond in unison: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever....

AFAA: A Parent’s Perspective

AFAA: A Parent’s Perspective

Being involved in a Christian Fine Arts studio has been such a blessing to our family. It has impacted the lives of all 3 of our children! I love that the focus taught is not bringing glory to self, but to “Do everything to the glory of God.” My two sons were involved in theatre classes during their teenage years and this helped to build their confidence, improve their public speaking, and improvisation skills. These classes helped one of our sons develop a love for acting, and was a launching pad for him as he is currently pursuing a degree...

Rejoice! Remains True After 24 Years

Rejoice! Remains True After 24 Years

“It was a prompting from the Lord. We wanted to expose people to the Christian arts, how they are legitimate and valuable while also being a form of worship.” Ginger Strickland began Rejoice! Dance Ministry in 1993 and used those words to describe its early stages. Thankfully, her words remain accurate in describing the ministry today, more than two decades later. It began as a single liturgical class with high school students. Their goal was to get out in the community, bring the gospel to people who aren’t in church, and offer those in church more opportunity to worship The...

Why Worship Through the Arts?

Why Worship Through the Arts?

Post by Chrissy Hahn. God created us for the purpose of worship. Every person illustrates this fact through the choices he or she makes; choices which demonstrate the need to offer worship to something or someone. According to Webster’s Dictionary, worship means: “extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem.” If you think about that “one thing” that you’re just not sure you could live without, in a sense, you worship that thing. “That’s crazy,” you may quip, shaking your head. But think about it: We are constantly giving time, energy, money, and attention to things...

Reflections on Life as a Fine Arts Missionary

Reflections on Life as a Fine Arts Missionary

Guest post from Rachael Kemp. Rachael grew up in the Christian fine arts world, which prepared her for a life as a Christian working in the arts. Every Christian is a missionary, whether they realize it or not. Whatever career you work in or country you live in, it is your responsibility and call to show the light of Christ. When I was growing up, I was surrounded by people who said they were called to the mission field. They were usually referring to places like Africa or South America. I never felt called to a different country, but rather...

What Should I Wear to My Dance Class?

What Should I Wear to My Dance Class?

Not sure what to wear to class? It’s fun to shop for dance and workout clothes, but not everything that’s available at the dance shop is ideal for class. You need to be able to move comfortably and without restriction, and your instructor needs to be able to see and correct your body movements. We also want to make sure you have the appropriate shoes and gear for each class. Long hair can also be distracting while you dance, so we recommend pulling it up for class. Specific hairstyles are required for some classes. Here are the requirements for dance...