Fr. J.J.’s Jottings

Why come to Art for God’s Sake???????????????

ART MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.
It’s often easy to use an admission price as an excuse to stay at home. However, a recent study conducted by Harris Interactive finds that people are happier when they spend money on experiences rather than material purchases. According to Leaf Van Boven, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at CU-Boulder, “experiences are shown to create more happiness than material goods because they provide positive personal reinterpretations over time.” Experiences, such as visiting Art for God’s Sake, can become a meaningful part of one’s identity and contribute to successful social relationships in a manner that material items cannot. Personal connections can be made with the art and also with family members during your visit. Plus, if you were to buy an art piece, it will reinforce that positive memory. Personal memories created at museums do not expire.

ART MAKES YOU SMARTER
There is no doubt that a primary role of a museum is to engage and educate the community. Museum exhibits inspire interest in an area of study, item, time period, or an idea. What richer topic could there be, than our Faith? It is nearly impossible to exit a museum without having gained any information or insight during your visit. You will get to know our God better.

ART EXPERIENCES ARE COMMUNITY BUILDERS
Museums are a lot more than collections of artifacts; they allow you to meet with neighbors, discuss thoughts and opinions, and become an active part of the community (in this case, The Body of Christ). Museums provide a great excuse to spend time with friends and family in a positive way.  After AFGS 2011 people returned to the Faith and joined our parish.

ART HELPS BRING CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT TO COMMUNITIES
Research has uncovered that creating community involvement is more about location than the activity at hand, and this kind of location-based learning (like the kind utilized in AFGS) is a trigger for change and development within the community. AFGS’s purpose is to function like a community center in providing access to our Faith without the pressure.  Art experiences have proven to be hot-spots for civic engagement.  With AFGS, even children are actively asked to take part in their community. The promotion of education and the conversion that takes place at AFGS can shape and strengthen a person.

AFGS INSPIRES, IS CLOSE BY, AND BUILDS PRIDE
The 2011 AFGS event exceeded our expectations. 1000’s of people attended, and over 300 pieces of art were submitted from 5 countries. It received glowing reviews from Archbishop Allen Vigneron, the Detroit art community, and local media outlets. To our surprise, we even received a congratulatory email from the Vatican on its success. All profits went to support Christian Service ministries and an inner city warming shelter for the homeless. Most importantly, God was glorified. The 2013 AFGS is going to be even better. Don’t miss out.

God bless,
Fr. J.J.