This weekend my husband and I attended the True City Conference in Hamilton, Ontario. True City is a group of churches working together for the good of the city and the movement is allowing local churches to learn from each other and together impacting the community. The theme this year is “Can I get a Witness?”
That reminds me of art. Artists participation in art and cultural activities enhance all of our lives by bringing about personal enjoyment, enriching perspective, intellectual stimulation and opportunities for public involvement. Some communities have turned drab old buildings into works of art by painting beautiful murals. Who hasn’t enjoyed the wooden art pieces done by students displayed at the Bay Front? James Street North is fast becoming a trendy spot not only for Art Crawls for locals but for tourists as well.
Of course art is more than visual art. Literature, poetry, theatre, dance and music - can we imagine a world without them? The James Street North Art Crawl promotes community and provides a feast for all five senses. There is the music, the food the performers, the art, often unique articles for sale and best of all the fellowship — a community coming together to celebrate art and community.
What has this got to do with witnessing? Any time people share their gifts with the community we are all witnessing to what it means to live in harmony with others, to be human, sharing our gifts and for artists letting your soul show through in your work.