"A Creatve Church" by Todd Smith: Book Review Lauren Thompson

The Chautauqua Institute was founded by a man named Frank Bowler in 1885 and was assisted by Jeanette Gilder. This institute would be the stimulant for art in the Church, and where it is today.
The Chautauqua Institute put a large emphasis on many arts, but especially the visual arts.
Smith makes a point to emphasize how crucial arctitecture proved to be, as it was a way to visually represent the Church.
The Church also served as a place for "public worship". Many denominational leaders felt the need to change the church’s physical appearances after WWII. In doing so, many churches attempted different architectural styles.
It was evident by many organizations that the Liturgical Arts needed a bit of a push to help get itself going within the church.
Actions were taking by the Liturgical Arts Society in order to be able to publish a journal in 1931 that promoted the Catholic Church and its arts.
One of the most popular comic artists of the twentieth century could be Ernest Pace. Pace would be known to illustrating hundreds of cartoons for The Watchword and also later The Sunday School for Times. His comics helped portray to nonChristians the promise of Christianity.
After Ernest, Al Hartley became widely known for his comics that inspired people to question their lifestyles. Some of his comics, like the one shown here, were perfect ways to indirectly encourage Christianity through the mass media.
"The Moving Image", as Smith calls it, became popular in the early 1900's. Many people from the church saw this as an opportunity for “evangelism, education, and entertainment” within and outside of the church.
Later on in 1989, Phil Vilscher came up with the brilliant idea to create movies and TV shows staring talking vegetables that would share biblical stories. This idea would soon be called Veggietales.
Artists like Sandra Bowden have the liberty and freedom to express themselves through art because of the Chautauqua Institute. Smith has properly explained in "A Creative Church" how the arts were transformed to what they are today.
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