The Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture
50th Anniversary Celebrations:
November 11 and 12, 2011
The Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture turns 50 this year. For half a century, ARC has been exploring the rich and complex relationship between religion and the arts in the context of the modern world. Through performances, conversations, exhibitions and other events, we have stewarded visionary approaches to the enduring elements of the human condition. Today, the broader culture is well on its way to absorbing many of these insights. A virtual riot of activity and interest churns just below the surface, with dozens of organizations, academic programs, projects, events, individuals, blogs, etc., exploring the interface between art and religion.
Much has changed in the half century since ARC inaugurated this interdisciplinary field. The endurance and flourishing of the field is a testament to its poetic utility. No longer considered an intellectual and artistic backwater, the space between religion and the arts engages issues which remain central to so many of the core concerns of our own time. The role of language in human experience, the role of sexuality, the relationship between the individual and the community; these issues are as important now as ever. Because the act of questioning has religious dimensions; because faith is enriched and leavened by irony, ARC and the field it fostered endures. Because the arts are lost without community; because the creative impulse binds us intimately with the cosmos, the work of the Society continues. Because learning to talk with one another across widely divergent, passionately held views on what is good, what is true, and what is beautiful, makes us more human, we celebrate our past, and look forward to a rich and promising future.
On Nov 11th and 12th, we will hold a grand celebration at Saint Peterís Lutheran Church in NYC. This is a location whose rich history parallels and intersects that of ARC. It is the home of the original Jazz Vespers, of the Louise Nevelson chapel, the de Kooning altar-screen. Join us to celebrate our golden anniversary with performance and conversation in a historic setting. For the full program, please click here.
In addition, to commemorate our 50th anniversary, our recent technology projects, and the 100th birthday of Marshall McLuhan, we will be sharing some reflections on the topic of media technology. Over the course of 2009 and 2010, SARCC hosted a series of conversations exploring the influence of digital technology on the arts and religion. In the next months, we will be sharing excerpts from our concluding reflections on those conversations. Keep an eye out for them.
Join us in exploring the ways we find and make meaning. To contribute or become a member, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We will also be announcing an awards program for those with outstanding projects, written or performed, that address this topic.
If you are interested in joining this timely conversation or hearing more about the awards program, please email, or sign up on Facebook.
including membership information and news about our recently
The ARC Story
time to time the Board of Directors elects as Fellows individuals it identifies
as having made a distinguished contribution to their respective fields. The list
of Fellows elected over a period of nearly four decades thus exemplifies what
the Society understands as the necessary and vital connections between art, religion
And Its Effect on the Arts,
Gender, Mythologies and Cultures
An Alchemical Concert
The Recent Video Art of Hans Breder
Continuity and Change in the Arts, Religion and Culture:
Blasphemy, Buddhism and the Bible
Intersections of Pilgrimage Travel
and Spiritual Journey
The River is a Magic Thing
Dance, Dance, Wherever You May Be
Theology and the Arts as Play
Uncertainty Principles in the Atoms of Language
Languages that Shape the Soul
The Moving Image
Religion and the Visual Arts
Theology and Music
Theology and Poetry:
Languages that Shape
Tracing the Garden
on the Human
Alfred Barr and
the Religious Dimension of Modernism
Lifting the Veil
Performance and Symposium
Illuminations & Transformations:
Cross-Cultural Spiritual Dynamics
in Music, Text, Dance and Film
Embodied in Visual Art
The Meaning of Myth
Myth, Ritual and the Mediation
Writers' Ways with Loving and Dying
The Divine Image
a changing image of God.
Uneasy Constellations of Meaning
Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century Europe
The Religious Art of Andy Warhol
AYNI: The Andean Concept of Reciprocity
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