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Add Bible Scripture to your artwork. That is the main message of Worldwide Evangelism Christian Artist Network (WeCAN). They admonish every Christian visual artist worldwide to donate art to various organization, charities and entities ( such as orphanages, hospitals and care homes). By adding Bible Scripture to each peice of art donated, it becomes a tool for evangelism to encourage, enlighten and inspire those receiving it.

  

Basically, you can add Bible Scripture to your canvas, the frames around the images, the base of sculpture or include it mixed media peices. Visit the website to see how God has already used  the talents of visual artists to make impact in the lives of children using scripture in artwork. This is a great way begin or develop an art ministry. Its a wonderful idea for you to do on your own or with a group of your fellow artists.

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Art Therapy plays an important role in the treatment, development and enrichment of patients and is a great way to use your talents to minster to others.

Corn Woman by Brenda Elliott, Art Therapist, for Art Therapy Journal

If you would like to become an art therapist check out The American Art Therapy Association for some useful information. 

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“Send letter, greeting cards, artwork or any message of positive support” is the request of Letters From Home on behalf of US troops worldwide. Letters From Home is a non-profit coporation dedicated to supporting troops stationed away from home. The rapidly growing group is run by dedicated volunteers.

           

Basically, if you’re an artist or part of a visual art group interested in participating, simply create some wonderful, positive atwork and send it to them for distribution overseas. Upcoming campaigns are listed on their website. This is a great way to use your creativity to inspire others.

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Easter Seals‘ annual art contest gives visual artits an opportunity to help this charity raise funds to provide programs and services for people with disabilities; founded in 1919, the organization provides programs and services to help these individuals find independence.

Pink Stargazer Lilies by Marilyn Wear for Easter Seals        Red and White Amaryllis by Debbie Venglar for Easter Seals      Lilies by Maurice Mahler for Easter Seals

Basically, all artists are welcome to participate and you would simply create as many drawings or paintings of a lilly  as you wish, in any of 5 categories (drawing, painting, pastels, colored pencil and computer generated art). Finalists are selected from amongst the submitted entries. This is a great way to use your talents to help others.

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“Young artists do not often fit in well with church sponsored youth programs that emphasize physical recreation. To close the gap, Masterpiece Ministries was founded in 1995 to help young people identify and develop their gifts in the arts and to encourage them to become whole hearted followers of Jesus Christ”. This is the mission and vision of this wonderful visual arts ministry.

Masterpiece Ministries

Basically if you are a visual artist and would like to develop or host a program for young talented artists at your church you can contact them on ideas to get started.

They also need creative visual artists (drawing, painting, sculpture etc) with a strong commitment to Christ to teach young people about Christ and the arts. If you have a heart for sharing Christ and art with youth, this is a good program to get involved in!

 

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The wonderful Cards Plus team of Soldiers Angels is dedicated to ensuring soldiers and their families receive support through a wide array of greeting and encouragement cards. They mail out hundreds of Birthday,  Anniversary,  New Baby, Get Well, Welcome Home and Encouragement cards.  If your visual arts ministry memebers are looking for a way to encourage the troops, here is a wonderful program for that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basically artists or groups would design cards in any medium and add encouraging notes for the soldiers or their families. If you have a heart for our brave men and women, this is a great outreach!

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According to Founder Mary Ann Rosser, Kinship Ministries’  goal is to “win as many people as we can for Christ… and to give artists a venue to display, share, and use their skills, talents and gifts to reach people by building relationships within their particular area of expertise.”

Basically they’re looking for talented visual artists (that’s you) who’d like to donate beautiful artwork with a drug/alcohol prevention message that will positively impact youth (and others) as part of their Faith Community Health Ministries outreach and future programs. If you’re into art trading cards this is perfect!

They’re also looking for visual artists willing to volunteer time to enrich lives through art exhibitions, demonstrations and classes.  Contact them to get started!

 

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“Our mission is to promote awareness and raise financial support to feed, shelter and educate these children.” 

This is the desire of the founders of The Cradle Project.  Its an art installation project designed to raise awareness of the plight of children orphaned in Africa.

Artist\'s Creation for The Cradle Project

Basically visual artists create cradles out of found materials and the artwork is displayed for public viewing as well as at on online auction site. After the pieces are auctioned, the proceeds are donated to partner organizations who work directly with orphans thoughout sub-saharan Africa.

Artists of all ages from around the world are welcome to participate.

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Calling all artists living in the San Francisco Bay Area! Heroes And Hearts is a wonderful opportunity (held annually) for you to use your talents to create one-of-a-kind decorated hearts which benefit the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. This Foundation funds projects to enhance patient care.

                                  By Sidnea D\'Amico

        By Emily and David Broom for Heroes and HeartsBy Susan Posey Tibbon for Heroes and HeartsBy David Fullarton for Heroes and HeartsBy Tina Lauren Veitmier for Heroes and HeartsBy Jud Bergeron for Heroes and Hearts

Basically, you’d simply submit samples of your artwork during the ‘call for submissions’. Artist’s are selected from among the entries received and the selected artists are then given the wonderful opportunity to design creative hearts to be displayed throughout the city and later sold at auction.

Its a terrific way to use your artistic talents to help others get healthcare!

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An organization called Blind Art is doing just that. A charitable organization based in the UK, they’re dedicated to bringing the joyful experience of visual art to visually impaired individuals.

They have sponsored a number of well-attended shows, wonderful exhibitions, and great competitions around the world.


Basically if you’re an artist looking for venues to help others experience the joys of art here’s a good one to consider. You can donate a piece to their permanent collection. They’re open to all and accept art donations on an ongoing basis. This can also be an awesome project for your group or visual arts ministry. I think this is a great effort and an awesome idea.

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Books of Hope‘s motto is: Planting seeds of friendship and learning around the world”.

They are an organization based in the US which sends books which are created by groups to schools around the world.

Basically, if you are part of an art, church or school group, this is a wonderful way for you and your group to use your artistic talents and knowledge to help educate children around the world by creating uniqe books that you design and illustrate.

In addition to topics such as English, Science, Geography, Fictional Stories and Poetry they also have requests for books on Drawing, Painting, Art History, American art amongst other art topics. This is a great way to use your talents to help children around the world learn about art the incredible world around them!

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There is a wonderful ministry which was started by Tom’s Shoes.  Their commitment is to match every pair of shoes purchased with a donation to a child in need. Our church did this at Christmas.

Basically everyone who participated purchased a pair of the white canvas shoes and painted or designed them. The purchased shoes were then donated to needy children, and the bonus was that Tom’s shoes matched our donation! This is a great ministry for churches, local Christian groups, art groups or anyone who has a heart for the needy.

You can design the shoes in any way you choose. Let your creativity flow, then donate the shoes to shelters, orphanages or if your church is going on a missions trip send a few pairs with them so they can donate them to needy children in other countries. This is an awesome idea for visual art ministry and better yet a great way for artists to help in sharing the gospel.

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