Pathfinding-Foresight in Conceptualizing a Christian Artists’ Community
I foresee an ecumenical community of Christian artists being a healing bridge to the damaged collective soul of the greater St. Louis community, addressing issues of justice, forgiveness, truth, and reconciliation.
This was first expressed in a paper titled, Pathfinding-Foresight in Conceptualizing a Christian Artists’ Community (may be found in the Artifacts section below). The concept was generated during an intensive called, Foresight and Strategy, at Gonzaga University.
S T E V E R O B B I N S
ST. LOUIS CHRISTIAN ARTISTS' PROJECT
(Conceptualized and initiated as the Masters' Capstone project at Gonzaga University)
DEVELOPMENT OF METAPHOR/SYMBOL
My courses in the Masters in
program at Gonzaga University taught me the importance for a leader to conceptualize good metaphors and symbols to advance projects. After considering many different metaphors (trees, rivers, etc.), Kintsugi was chosen, not only because it clearly exemplified the characteristics I wanted to highlight, but also because it has a strong visual component that would likely be easily grasped by artists and others.
Moving toward a culture of justice, reconciliation, redemption, forgiveness, and beauty
Projects are those activities in which we, as leaders, are able to put to use the skills we have honed. It is much the same as a skilled woodworker would carve a beautiful piece. Our leadership demonstrates our ability to help create a better or worse world.
My focus, and I hope yours as well, is to use our skills and abilities to work toward a culture of justice, reconciliation, redemption, forgiveness and beauty. Together, we can create a better society.