Our next Common Ground forum at Imago will take place Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. We'll have three experts on sexual violence discuss the issue with Karis member Lauren Rutherford moderating. Our panel will include Jennifer Carter Dochler, Education and Outreach Coordinator with the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Kim Scates, Education Coordinator of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center at the University of Missouri, and Merilee Crockett, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Boone County. Sexual violence is tragically happening everywhere in our culture, and especially on college campuses. Our city and local university have also served as negative examples in our national media. What do we do about this problem? How do we protect women? How can we work to end sexual violence? Join us and help us spread the word. You can download the poster here. The Imago Gallery & Cultural Center is located at 1020 E. Broadway in downtown Columbia.
We don’t understand the arts as a “waste of time.” From an interview with Jared Wilson, answering the question, “Why do you think Christians are more known for staying away from the arts?":
I don't know, but I think it's largely a fear of either "lying"--because telling the truth through art is seen as less direct or less useful than straight teaching--or of being wasteful. I think many Christians just tend to think of the arts as a waste of time. This is why when Christians do engage in the arts, they tend to be very didactic and bland--we propagandize. We haven't quite figured out as a culture how to make art for God's sake that knows how to exist as art, not as a tract or treatise or teaching tool.
Next Tuesday, October 21st, the Imago Gallery & Cultural Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Stiepleman as a part of our Common Ground Lecture Series. Stiepleman serves as Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools. He will discuss “Education and the Supportive Family.” The event begins at 7 p.m. at 1020 E. Broadway. Refreshments will be provided.
Things are coming along quite nicely over at our soon-to-be-opened Imago Gallery & Cultural Center. We had the pleasure of hosting the True/False Film Festival at the end of February. Since then, we've been hard at work overhauling the look inside. In the next few weeks, the upstairs will become the new Karis headquarters. My office, along with Rob's, will be up there. There will be a large space for Karis interns and staff to work. Downstairs, Imago will be walled with great works of art. It will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our first show, "Landscape: Idea and Ideal," will begin April 25th. Imago will also host lectures and discussions over key issues in our city. The first event will soon be set.
In addition, we are still raising money to fully remodel and furnish the new space. You can give online here.