The mission of Christians in the Visual Arts is best expressed in three
primary and longstanding commitments. CIVA and its members are:
Called to Creative Work
Artists create culture. They have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hands to
make. The genius of Christian community is that all who belong are invited
to participate, invited to bring their skills and their passions to
contribute to the greater good.
As men and women bear God's image by all kinds of creative expression, CIVA
equips those called to the visual arts to flourish in their holy vocation
and to pursue it with excellence.
Devoted to the Church
The visual arts help the Church to rehearse and remember the biblical
story. The visual arts help congregations worship more deeply. The visual
arts help Christian communities build a bridge to the non-believing world.
The visual arts deepen times of personal devotion and prayer.
As the Church awakens to its need for art and the artists who make it, CIVA
deploys its expertise and resources to help the Church embrace the visual
arts and bring work of quality and substance into its centers of worship
Present in Culture
Culture is that place where we “live and move and have our being,” that
place where, each day and in every way, God's people either magnify the
presence of God's Kingdom or diminish it.
As the world needs the salt, light, and leaven of those who follow Jesus,
CIVA cultivates an incarnational presence in contemporary culture that is
marked by serious art learning and practice, intellectual rigor, prophetic
voice, and a spirit of hospitality. Share this with your friends and followers.
If you have any questions, please contact our office manager at: