It is true the HopeArts Ministry section of our website needs a little updating, but the ministry blog is always up to date, and doesn’t cost the price of a large Rembrandt to change, lol.
HopeArts boasts several ways to participate in art-and-faith-centric community:
The Arts Hope Group: Meeting at 5:30 P.M. in a private home every 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month (beginning in Oct.), this artist-specific group meets to discuss, share food, and support one another as we explore the intersection of Art and Faith. One needn’t be Christian to attend, nor even a member of Hope Chapel. On our off weeks the group encourages impromptu outings to Austin-area art events, and just hanging together. Contact the Arts Ministry Director with questions, or for location information.
Open Creation Times: Specifically on Wednesday Nights (and, in general Mon.-Fri. When opened/ or by keyed-access) starting at 6:30 P.M.and running till 8:30 P.M., the Art Studio on the Hope Chapel Campus (located abutting the Pastors Offices) is opened to artists wanting a shared communal space in which to create. Lockers for supplies can be rented (monthly), though those are limited. Open Creation Times are for any artist, Christian or not, member of Hope Chapel or not. Studio Rules STRICTLY enforced (to preserve the space for the use and enjoyment of all). NOTE: running until Mid October 2019 the studio is under renovations, and the Open Creation Time will be work day time.
The Writer’s Group, 3-Friends: The 3-Friends Writers Group: This hybrid online-&-in-person group is geared towards the encouragement of writers through positive-only, supportive-only feedback on pieces generated through weekly, prompt-led practice. Weekly prompts are given, and written responses posted to an online forum, where the other members offer their kind and supportive feedback in comments to the piece. This group has informal meet-ups to socialize and share work in-person only when convenient or desired, sometimes in virtual and sometimes in physical locations. Contact Art Ministry Leader for more details.
Workshopping Group: This group is specifically for those writers looking to workshop and refine completed works to be submitted for publication or professional submissions. Bring your “Strunk and White,” roll up your authorial sleeves, and get ready to get elbow-deep dirty in working over your pieces. Contact the workshop leader for details.
Submit publications for our in-house art magazine, “Feast,” or attend our Arts Events: Check our Art Ministry Blog and the Hope Chapel Calendar for information of Gallery Openings, Maker Market Festivals, and more to engage in event-specific community life of artists sponsored by Hope Chapel.
Check out our community page for a fuller description of us.