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MCC Art Ministry

Since Monroe Community Church first configured its warehouse to display artwork in 2009, it has not been without some sort of creative exhibit. MCC values creativity and expression, which is one way that people bear God’s image as mini-creators. We love to feature the work of artists, from professional to children, not in a gallery, but surrounding our congregation as part of the worship experience. This emphasis helps us reinforce our mission to “connect our downtown community to our life-changing God.”

This commitment has led us to foster conversations about art, give children opportunities to make art with artists, and continue to be a venue for ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition that occurs every September and October in downtown Grand Rapids. For the past 3 years, MCC has also been a riddle site for the ArtPrize edition of the Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race. Each year for ArtPrize, we conduct a 4-week worship series entitled “Meet the (a)Artist”, where the worship themes are derived from 4 of our ArtPrize entries. As part of the sermon, we discuss the artwork with each artist and unpack what the Bible says about these themes.


Our ArtPrize venue site has updated details, events, times, and dates about each year’s ArtPrize exhibition: https://www.artprize.org/monroe-community-church

Links to stories:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/thisisourcity/7thcity/community-curator-how-artprize-is-changing-grand-rapids.html?start=1
http://www.mlive.com/artprize/index.ssf/2011/09/monroe_community_church_to_use_artprize_entries_as_sermon_topics.html
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/10/religious_muralists_work_to_be.html
http://www.westmichiganchristian.com/local/240-grand-rapids-church-more-than-ready-for-art-prize.html

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