A project which will give space for artists to wrestle with their faith and their artistic voice at the same time. A concept which includes using the arts to build the movement for peace and justice in our churches and communities, for provision of new ways of seeing the faith, of witnessing to the interconnectedness of all of creation.
The Center will be a simple two-story rectangle with studios for pottery, woodworking, fiber arts, painting, puppet making, quilting, writing, exhibition and display space both indoors and out. As most of you know Stony Point is the only Conference Center in our Presbytery and provides space for group meetings, both local and national, and personal space for contemplation and discernment. It strives to keep the costs low and the quality top notch.
Much of the food is grown in Stony Point gardens and prepared by a talented staff in the Stony Point kitchen. Rooms are clean and showers are hot. It’s a great place to get away for even a day. If you haven’t seen for yourself perhaps you’ll get to do that this summer.
Stony Point’s plan for building the Arts Center is very creative. They have received one major gift of $200,000. By recruiting volunteers from churches in the area it is hoped that the project can be completed by late fall.
The offer is as follows: Volunteers age 14 to and up are invited to come from Sunday afternoon to Friday lunch, room and board are provided by Stony Point at no cost. A building materials fee of $300 is asked from each volunteer. All of the $300 goes to the purchase of materials. The work day is 9 to noon and 1:00 to 5.
By action of our Session we have established an Artist & Architect Scholarship Fund to honor past and present artists and architects from this congregation. These gifts may be given in honor or memory of an artist from your family, a friend, someone whose artistic contributions have enhanced your worship on special occasions or who has inspired you to express your artistic voice. The funds will be allocated in $300 increments to provide scholarships to enable all who wish to go to do so.
The ideal would be for all of us to be able to go the same week. That is not likely to happen, but perhaps we can go in 3 or 4 different groups sometime between April 1 and October 31. Remember there is no personal expense since Stony Point is hosting 5 nights and 15 meals.
For those of you who cannot participate perhaps you’d like to sponsor someone to go on your behalf, or simply make a contribution to the Artist & Architect Scholarship fund. If that fund reaches a sufficient amount we could perhaps pay for 1 room or equipment for one studio and place a plaque in the Center with the names of the First Presbyterian Church New Haven Artists and Architects so honored.
For more information pick up one of the Building on the Rock booklets on the Welcome Table or talk to Elder Teddy Hogle.