South Church is looking for its next Artist-In-Residence. We created the program as an opportunity to introduce new voices, diversify the worship experience, and learn together in faith. Artists-in-Residence create new work and lead talk-back conversations. How this relationship looks is greatly dependent on the artist. We hope to have a new artist each fall and each spring. The program is open to artists of any discipline with the exception of music as we have a separate musician-in-residence program (details coming soon).
Specifically, the Artist in Residence Program aims to:
- Enhance, generally, the arts at South Church in Andover for people of all ages;
- Expose congregants to a wider range of creative expressions of justice, hope,
redemption, suffering, joy, faith, etc.
- Foster interactive communication and expression between
residents and congregants;
- Support the work of local artists
While every arrangement in the AiR is suited to the talents of the resident, all cases seek to benefit both the church and the resident. In supporting the AiR, the church uses its various and unique resources to compensate artists for their contributions. These resources include: the church as a space for performance and visibility; access to our congregation as an audience; access to our publications for advertising; and, a limited stipend. We hope to cast a wide net, attracting creative people from many disciplines.
Clarence Morse Jr. (South Church AiR Spring 2021) is a man of many names and many faces. By 22, he’s led poetry workshops throughout the world, been a prodigal son and caring friend to those who know him. A student of the school of hard knocks, he’s spent his time trying to make sense of the world in the only way he knows how – poetry. His collection of poetry, The Concept, is available for purchase on Amazon.
CJ wrote and recorded five pieces of spoken word poetry that were included in South Church’s virtual worship services. He is also lead talk-back conversations, as an opportunity to grow, learn, and be in dialogue together.
Click images below to watch CJ share his pieces.