The Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts is founded on the belief that the interrelationship between contemporary artmaking, religious tradition, and theological thinking holds much richer potential for exploration and study than it has yet received. The work of the Center is devoted to expanding and deepening this interrelationship through a threefold aim:
1. to provide a forum for artists and scholars who are working at the nexus of art, religion, and theology. The Center hosts events and creates new resources that are designed to foster greater visibility for these artists and scholars, putting them into conversation with each other and providing them with an open forum for discussing and exploring the religious, spiritual, and/or theological implications of the arts today.
2. to facilitate and produce new research aimed at (a) rereading the histories of modern and contemporary art with more careful attention to the religious contexts within which they emerged and the theological concerns with which they were engaged, and (b) developing a more agile and compelling theological intelligence within contemporary art theory and criticism.
3. to encourage a deeper awareness of, and nourishment from, the historical depths and diversity of the Christian theological-aesthetic imagination.
The Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts was launched and is made possible by the generous support of Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, through a grant from Fieldstead and Co.