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Art, Architecture, and the Christian Imagination

  • Ruggles Baptist Church 874 Beacon St. Boston, MA 02215 (map)

Discover how the visual arts can deepen Gospel, Community and Mission at this one-day workshop on art in the church. Gain insight from a panel of practicing artists in various disciplines, explore topics in breakout sessions and go on a curated tour of select fine art pieces at Harvard Art Museums. 

Keynote speaker Dr. David Mills, Acting Dean at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, will help us probe the nature and value of art, reveal artistry in relation to church history, and help us apply what we learn to contemporary practice during the main sessions.

Session 1: Voices in the Conversation Thinking Theologically about Art

Session 2: Radical Reimagining Early Christian Art in Rome

Session 3: Art and Empire When The Cruciform Church Meets Political Power

Breakout sessions will be led by City on a Hill members, attendees, and friends of our resident artists!

Chris Blessen, Architect - Designing with a Gospel Purpose

Ginmann Bai, Graphic Designer - Visual Storytelling

Katie Nellis, Artist - Nurturing Your Creativity

Britni Chehayeb, Artist - TBA

Exhibiting artists include Sasha MacDougall, Katie Nellis, Chris Blessen, Joseph Seo, Rachel Pacitti, Rachel Hu and more!

The cost of the conference is $25 and includes lunch. The conference will end at 3:30PM, and an optional museum tour with Dr. Mills will follow at Harvard Art Museums, located at 32 Quincy St. in Cambridge. The cost of entry is free this Saturday.

Getting there: There is two hour metered parking on Beacon St, but we recommend that you walk or take public transportation in order to avoid needing to move your car throughout the conference. Ruggles is within a block of the Green C line, the St. Mary’s stop; a block from the Green D line, the Fenway stop; or two blocks from the Green B line, the Central Campus (BU) stop. There is a bus stop in front of the church where buses #47 and CT2 lines stop. Check the MBTA – Mass. Bay Transit Authority online for more information.

Earlier Event: November 18
CoaH Kids Basic Training
Later Event: December 9
CoaH Somerville Christmas Party