Advent is about revelation; the revelation of light in a dark world strung together by lies. After a year of caged children, mass shootings, police brutality, climate cliffs and collusion the world needs a word. Where do we go for that word? Do we go to the authors? Sometimes. Do we go to the preachers? Sometimes. Do we go to the artists? Yes. Most certainly, yes.
From Genesis 1 to Exodus to the Psalms and Solomon’s Song to Mary’s Magnificat to the parables of Jesus to the books of Hebrews and Revelation the powers of faith, art and prophesy intersect. When these powers unite they punch holes in the universe, open windows to the soul and heal the world.
This month join host Lisa Sharon Harper (playwright and spoken word artist), Amena Brown (spoken word artist), Waltrina Middleton (performance artist and vocalist) and Catherine Sherman (quilter) as they explore the roles and responsibilities of artists in dark days.
As a bonus each artist shares a bit of their work, because art is not meant to be talked about. It is meant to be experienced. Tune into the podcast for original spoken word pieces performed by Harper and Brown, as well as an impromptu soul-stirring rendition of “Strange Fruit” performed by Middleton. Below, check out the prophetic quilts that Sherman references in the episode.