About Programs

The Foundation for Spirituality and the Arts seeks to foster contemplation, imagination, and thoughtful engagement through our curated programing.

By encouraging a mutual flow of creativity and faith from both artists and scholars, we hope to initiate fresh channels of spiritual enrichment from new depths of artistic expression. Nurturing innovative and experimental collaborations between a wide range of communities, we aspire to integrate estranged voices together in a spirit of harmony, openness, and inquisitiveness.

Our programs are structured into four main arenas: ‘Residencies’, ‘Gatherings’; ‘Fellowships’; and selected resources we call ‘Inspirations’. At the heart of FSA’S programming is our annual series of ‘Residencies’- two fully-funded, live-work studio spaces located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district. We welcome visual artists, performers, composers, choreographers, and other makers; as well as curators, writers, and theologians working on projects related to spirituality. See Residency page for full details.

 

Presenting talks, discussion groups, and public performances featuring artists from various disciplines alongside academics and ministers, we facilitate both physical and virtual spaces for our ‘Gatherings’. By seeking out a diverse array of institutional partners that share differing perspectives and artistic mediums, whether arts organizations or religious congregations, our aim is to cultivate a new audience that bridges the chasm between the contemporary art world and faith-based communities.

Presenting talks, discussion groups, and public performances featuring artists from various disciplines alongside academics and ministers, we facilitate both physical and virtual spaces for our ‘Gatherings’. By seeking out a diverse array of institutional partners that share differing perspectives and artistic mediums, whether arts organizations or religious congregations, our aim is to cultivate a new audience that bridges the chasm between the contemporary art world and faith-based communities.

Furthermore, we offer a professional development program for emerging scholars and arts managers called ‘Fellowships.’ Our Fellows work closely with FSA staff over a six month period, gaining practical experience in arts administration, curatorial work, archival documentation, graphic and web design, art writing, public relations, fundraising, digital outreach communications, and event management. We invite applicants from a broad range of cultural, religious, and artistic backgrounds.

Lastly, our ‘Inspirations’ are a bouquet of artistic writings, exhibits, performances, gatherings, publications, and interviews that we find illuminating and instructive. Here we will promote reviews of key source texts, arresting exhibitions, and discussions with leading figures from contemporary art, institutions, and clergy. Our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) will act as an extension of our featured ‘Inspirations’ that will regularly highlight selected content pertaining to these genres.

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