Art

Culture War Cease-Fire

One day last fall, I was half to blame for a raging argument between two neo-pacifists about nonviolence in cinema, focused on whether or not Quantum of Solace qualifies as a proper James Bond film, because it features an actual, real-world political controversy (the selling by a shadowy multinational corporation of water rights back to the people of Bolivia). I said that the Bond film stood out from typical multiplex fare because it presented values that transcend might vs. right, violence conquers all, and “there are no consequences to your actions if you’re a superhero.”

 

Not having seven years to spare for a graduate film sociology program, to solve the debate I checked my local movie theater listings.

 

I was wrong. The listings included:

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Paint Your Faith

Against the gray of concrete and stone buildings, the vibrant colors of the Paint Your Faith mural on a wall of Metropolitan United Church in downtown Toronto can be seen from blocks away. In September 2009, four notable aerosol artists-who go by the monikers Chor Boogie, Siloette, Elicser, and Mediah-were commissioned by The United Church of Canada to create the 30-foot-by 60-foot mural to engage the public with an artistic expression of faith. Each artist spray-painted their personal response on a quadrant of the wall.

"We wanted to show that Christians are about more than just words and debate," says Aaron McCarroll Gallegos, executive producer of WonderCafe.ca, an interactive, community Web site of The United Church of Canada. "Christians are also about colors and sounds and healing in different ways. God works in our hearts and lives in ways that cannot always be articulated in words."
WonderCafe is also planning a Paint Your Faith mural in Vancouver, B.C., with painting scheduled to start on April 21, 2010, and the mural slated to be revealed on April 28.

 

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Video About Paint Your Faith

Against the gray of concrete and stone buildings, the vibrant colors of the Paint Your Faith mural on a wall of Metropolitan United Church in downtown Toronto can be seen from blocks away. In September 2009, four notable aerosol artists—who go by the monikers Chor Boogie, Siloette, Elicser, and Mediah—were commissioned by The United Church of Canada to create the 30-foot-by 60-foot mural to engage the public with an artistic expression of faith. Each artist spray-painted their personal response on a quadrant of the wall.

 

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Poet Audio Recording and Interview

Because I lay on my back as a boy in the grass of the small yard behind our house watching clouds move and become faces, mostly,

I was able to sit for a long time holding my dying mother's hand as her sleeping face changed like a field in the sun under moving clouds,
and to hold my newborn grandson now and watch his features changing moment to moment, propelled by some inner wind I suppose must be like dreaming,
and because this watching is above, after, and before words, I am unable to describe what I believe I understand and how it comforts and sustains me.
 
Richard Hoffman, author of Without Paradise and Gold Star Road, is writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston.

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