Arts Ministry

The Arts Ministry seeks to create an environment that encourages and nurtures artists of all kinds to utilize their gifts. By consciously and fully involving artists in every area of Marble life, artists are given a platform to share their art and breathe new spirit into the body of the Church, Christ and the world.

Remembrance - a 9/11 Tribute

21 years later we are still feeling the effects of that fateful day. "Remembrance," created by Karla Hendrick, which features the artwork of Patrice Donnell, Victoria Pepe, Susan Ceely Philips, Joan Silinsh, and Margery Westin offers solemn yet uplifting reflections of hope in the midst of tragedy. In addition, three of our poets, Carole Gregory, Karen Harris, and Susan Ceely Philips present insightful thoughts on the links below. Also below is an encore presentation of the short video "Flags of 9/11: a Commemorative Tribute" by Victoria Pepe from last year's anniversary. It is our hope that by experiencing all of this fine artwork you will not only be moved in spirit but inspired to help create a world filled with love and peace. The exhibit runs from Sunday, September 11 to 30.

Artist Bios

Poetry

"Like The Lotus Flower - Girls Have Rebirth in Afghanistan" by Carole E. Gregory

"How Can We Heal The Heartache (The Chosen Ones)" by Karen Harris

"Untitled" by Susan Ceely Philips

Flags of 9/11: A Commemorative Tribute

"Flags of 9/11: A Commemorative Tribute" is an introduction to a proposed longer photo documentary archive video with over 1000 photos that show the way flags of the United States were displayed throughout New York City immediately after 9/11 and during the weeks and months that followed. The photos reveal the heartfelt expressions of people ranging from the grand displays through the windows of the large stores, to the little-known mom and pop stores; from the elegant to the rustic on the sidewalks; many soon-to-be-forgotten, and never seen again. Each flag display reveals the unity, gratitude, heartfelt feelings within the creative diversity of who we are as Americans. These flag displays were awe-inspiring and expressed gratitude and showed how we came together once and shows that we can come together and go forward.

2022-2023 Theme is “Organize, Simplify and Follow Through

If there is one positive thing that has come out of the pandemic, it’s that many have felt the need to “get ourselves together” as we emerge from being restricted for over two years. “Organize, Simplify and Follow Through” is designed to address the desire of artists to move forward in a more focused way. More than “out with the old, in with the new,” this season is dedicated to mastering how to really let go of things that have bogged us down and embrace that which liberates us to explore new inspirations.

Are you a professional or non-professional performing, fine, or design artist? Now in our 42nd year at Marble, The Arts Ministry is a safe, welcoming, and creative community that provides an inclusive space to gather together to support and recognize one another’s efforts, discuss and resolve issues pertinent to each discipline, be spiritually nurtured, and to create art.

Get Involved

The Fellowship of Professional Artists
This group meets once a month and to address the unique needs of professional artists who are typically more entrepreneurial. Networking, branding, financial matters, goal setting, and marketing will be some of the topics discussed, all within a spiritual framework.

All professional artists are welcome. Please RSVP to Mario Sprouse.

The ARTS Peer Support Group
This is a small group (8 - 12 people) who gather twice a month to do more in-depth artistic and spiritual growth in relation to our art.

The Producers Club
This group meets once a month specifically to help members achieve their immediate professional goals. Much like a goal-setting workshop, the Producers Club will have an accountability factor with the aim of reaching specific professional milestones. Only those who are active professional performing, design, and fine artists can take part in this group.

All artists welcome! Please RSVP to Mario Sprouse.

Arts Ministry Facebook Group
Artists of all kinds are invited to join our Arts Ministry Facebook Group. We have created a closed group that offers a welcoming space to support and recognize one another’s efforts, explore issues pertinent to each discipline, and be spiritually nurtured. To request to join.

The Arts Ministry is an important part of the vibrant life of Marble Collegiate Church. We hope you will join us!

Arts Ministry Exhibit Archive

View Past Arts Ministry Exhibits

Questions & Information

For more information about the Arts Ministry, contact Mario Sprouse, Arts Coordinator, (212) 686-2770 ext. 227, or Karla Hendrick, Part-time Program Coordinator.