Music and Fine Arts Ministry
The purpose of the Music & Fine Arts Committee at FUMC at the Chicago Temple is to enhance the worship and faith experience of its members, members of the community, and participating artists by fostering an inclusive, faith-building, vibrant, active, and inspirational Christian arts programming experience.
Programming highlights at The Temple in 2014 have included: our inspirational Gospel Choir at the 8:30 a.m. Worship Service, Brass Quintet Easter performance, organ concerts, Hopera, an extraordinary Chancel Choir at the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service, poetry readings, Bell Choir, internationally renowned guest musicians, artist exhibits in The Temple Art Gallery, new liturgical banners presented to the Church to celebrate the ministries of our incoming and outgoing senior pastors, new organ and choral works composed and presented during worship, and our continued collaboration with Silk Road Rising theater.
The committee plans to institute a formal structure of subcommittees that will focus on Care of Artists (ensure our artists are honored and acknowledged, and build relationships with current and future artists at FUMC), Audience Development (increase audience support and participation at arts events at FUMC by both church members and members of the community), Communication (increase awareness and visibility of the arts programs at FUMC), Artist’s Club (made up of the artists at FUMC, they will meet on a regular basis to share their work, share experiences and ideas for exhibiting/performing, and bring forth ideas for interactive and other art activities that members of FUMC and our community can participate in), and Interactive and Participative Art (coordinate arts experiences that artists and non-artists alike can participate in). Anticipate that this already extremely visible ministry will be even more so in 2015!
So what are the dream goals of Music & Fine Arts? They would institute a Composer-In-Residence, employ an Administrative Assistant for Music Ministry, enhance the communication of the arts programs by building content of the Chicago Temple website and increasing social media exposure, develop a fund to compensate artists who perform and exhibit at the Chicago Temple, as well as other ideas.
About Fine Arts
The William D. White Fine Arts Committee has sought to establish and strengthen significant relationships with the artistic and cultural organizations of the city of Chicago. The Chicago Humanities Festival, the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Merit School of Music, the Chicago Historical Society, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Semester in the Arts, and the School of the Art Institute are all in association with us to make prominent the value excellent artistic expression has in our lives.
Through gifts established, such distinguished artists as: The Kingfisher Brass Quintet (our annual Easter brass ensemble), the Praetorium Sign Language Choir, Kurt Elling, Jim Post, Josephine Lee, Eric Whitacre with the Apollo Chorus, Willie Pickens, The Wayward Sisters, the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, Mariachi Sol de Oro, the Lakeside Singers, and the Wiley College Choir have all shared generously their unique gifts with our congregation and those who live and work in the Loop.