"More and more young Christians are going to college to study for a wide range of arts and media courses. They have the possibility of being bearers of the Christian vision in a culture which is still taking shape. To do so successfully they need a map which relates together Biblical faith, the nature of art and the emerging contours of a social era." Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chapman from Art and Soul.
The goal of the Institute for Faith and the Arts is to bring faith-filled artist to our campus in order give our students and the Memphis community examples of individuals who use their artistic gifts to bring God's truth to this world. To date we have been blessed to host artists such as singer Jason Gray, author Amber McRee Turner, singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson, Broadway actors Stephen and Juliet Trafton, and Caleb Chapman, Joe Solomon, Jillian Edwards Chapman, and Jerry and Terry Lynn. Each of these individuals shared their lives with our students how they use their art to bring Biblical truths into this world the most beautiful ways possible in order to point people toward the God created us all.
Long-term we would like to share our structure of the institute with schools across the country. We also long to partner with organizations in Memphis to bring nationally known artists to our city for conferences on Faith and the Arts. We know that artists can play a significant role in changing culture. We believe that students who experience what the Institute for Faith and Art is providing will be artists to change our culture for the Glory of God.