InSpero exists to support the growth of creative community—those artists and artisans whose work awakens our longings for beauty and truth in the midst of our struggle with suffering and search for meaning. We believe this community has a unique ability to bring healing, hope and restoration to the brokenness, pain and alienation of our world.
Unfortunately, those involved in the arts often feel isolated, discouraged or marginalized; and their potential contributions are lost to a world that so desperately needs them. InSpero seeks out and cares for individuals who belong in creative community, believing that their gifts are essential for our well-being and the well-being of our city.
InSpero’s creative community is comprised of artists and artisans who reflect God’s beauty and truth to our world. This community includes—but is not limited to—visual artists, sculptors, musicians, writers, poets, preachers, photographers, chefs, hosts, storytellers, filmmakers, dancers, actors and designers. Secular artists are encouraged to participate in InSpero’s events and conversations to work with us to build a more beautiful city.
To this end, we organize events that bring together artists, artisans and the audiences who need their gifts. Our events are designed to cultivate the creative community and provide opportunities for them to give their creative offering to our city and the world.
Cultivating Creative Community
InSpero identifies, nurtures, and provides community and rest to artists and artisans who are often isolated, discouraged, and marginalized. Examples include:
Connecting People to Create Together
InSpero provides ways for artists and artisans to connect and collaborate to create together. Examples include:
Convening Conversations for the Common Good
InSpero facilitates significant conversations and opportunities to increase understanding and find common ground for the common good among pastors, artists/artisans, culture makers, churches, and the city. Examples include:
Celebrating Creativity in and for our Community
InSpero provides special events to give our city and churches beauty, truth, and hope. Examples include:
The City Beautiful. The Church Beautiful.
Believing in the power of creative community to inspire our city and churches with hope
We live in a broken world in desperate need of hope as it waits for the restoration of all things. Art provides glimpses of this restoration by serving as a conduit for reconciliation to God, self and others. The Holy Spirit, in combination with the living Word of God, can baptize the imagination and inspire artists to communicate truth, beauty, and hope, of which Jesus Christ is the ultimate expression.
We believe beauty matters and so do those who create it.
InSpero, a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, believes that beauty and creativity can draw our attention away from ourselves to a greater reality and be powerful agents of our Triune God to restore lives and transform our city. We seek supporters and donors in our churches and communities to help us bring “shalom” (wholeness, restoration to things as they should be) to our broken world.
Inspero’s success will be measured as Birmingham has a thriving creative community whose work stirs people to hope, as local churches embrace the arts as part of the message of the gospel and the restoration of all things, and as our city flourishes because its creative community flourishes.
Stories of Impact
InSpero inspires, cultivates and nurtures creative community. InSpero rejoices for each artist who is discovered, encouraged, brought to faith, and has risked to give their gift to our city. In the past three years, we are thrilled as we have seen:
InSpero longs to rename Birmingham, a city scarred by its past, the “City Beautiful.” Some events which have encouraged this include:
InSpero longs to connect the creative community with the Church, begin conversations, provide venues, help the Church know how to reach and best use the power of the beauty and perspective of the creative community. In the past three years we’ve been encouraged by:
InSpero has multiple ways for OMPC members to become involved with our activities:
Communications: Sign up to receive our 8-10 time a year email newsletter
Prayer Team: Receive regular email prayer requests about our events and needs and people reach and vision for the city and the church.
Event Volunteering: We have citywide events several times a year and need volunteers to help set up and take down, to act as hosts and greeters, and to pray for us during the event.
Fundraising: As a nonprofit, InSpero seeks new sources of funding to sustain this movement. We would be grateful to any member interested in individually supporting us, or who can connect us to individuals, churches, and corporations (or grants) who would be willing to contribute to InSpero’s vision.
Specific Volunteer Needs:
Administration, organization, filing
Hospitality: Hosts for home shows and artists, those gifted in hospitality to help “set the table” with beauty and grace for our events
InSpero Response: We have begun small groups of artists and visionaries who gather together for building community. The first is in Ensley/Woodlawn area. If interested in helping support this, please let us know.
Correspondent/Donations/Thank you letters/Follow Up: We are so excited that OMPC member Joy Mellon is working with us to follow up
If any OMPC member has these specific skill sets, we would love for their help:
We are grateful for Rev. Gary Purdy leading our Advisory Council and for member Susan Gordon who is helping to shape our Junior Board.
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Posted: 7.19.2016 in Missions Share: