The Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts is founded on the belief that the interrelationship between contemporary artmaking, theology, and religious tradition 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 mission:
- to provide a forum of artists and scholars who are thinking seriously (from various points of view) about the religious, spiritual, and/or theological implications of the arts today. The Center hosts a variety of events and creates new online resources designed to foster greater visibility for these artists and scholars and to cultivate a more robust conversation at the nexus of contemporary art and theology.
- 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 more agile and compelling theological intelligences within contemporary art theory and criticism.
- to encourage a deeper awareness of the historical depths and diversity of the Christian theological-aesthetic imagination.