About us

MISSION

 

Arts+ is a network of Christian art initiatives which enables regional, national, and international “RoundTables” for the purpose of information exchange, mutual encouragement, and co-operation. 

“The intelligent public is waiting to hear from art what it does not hear from theology, philosophy, and social theory and what it cannot hear from pure science.  A broader, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are, and what this life is for."

(Dr. D. A. Carson, NT Theologian / Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

 

MODUS OPERANDI

The focus of ARTS+ is to act as a catalyst in the formation and nurturing of local or national round tables. These comprise Christian faith-based art initiatives across all art forms and denominational borders, who are active in art education, mentoring of artists, art & church projects, media, missions, etc. 

 

Arts+Europe* has met every year for the past ten years in a different country in Europe, with the aim of encouraging the ongoing formation of National RoundTables. This resulted in synergistic collaborations in the fields of Church, Market Place, the Academic World, new creative mission strategies, and Artist’s Mentoring. 

 

*Arts+Europe RoundTable is the trans-European steering group behind the vision-mission statement.

MEET THE TEAM

Executive Leadership Team
(ExELT)

Beat

Rink
(SUI)

Beat has founded with his wife Airi, “Crescendo International” and has lead this movement since 1985. He is a theologian and ordained pastor of the Swiss Reformed church and has also a M.A. in literature and history. He has written several books and also his own poetry. He is president of ARTS+ Switzerland.

 

www.crescendo.org

Verena Schnitzhofer

(AUT)

Admin Person for Arts+Europe. Verena works as Executive Assistant for the Quo Vadis Institute 

(Salzburg, Austria) which inspires and connects thought leaders in the guilds of e.g. Arts, Healthcare, Business and Religion to rethink and shape the future of Europe. 

https://qvi.eu

Krisztina

Tarjányi

(HUN)

Actress, Leader of the Sostenuto Department of the Crescendo Summer Institute, works with Crescendo International and Crescendo Hungary. 

Amy Williams

(USA/HUN)

 

John Melville

Baker

(UK)

John organised the European Arts Summit 2009 in partnership with Beat Rink, Colin Harbinson and Jim Mills. Since then he has organised all the Annual Meetings of Arts+Europe and pursued, with the Leadership Team, the formation of RoundTables of Artists in various European countries. He and his wife, Heather are members of The Royal Academy of Art in London and are avid Gallery visitors wherever they travel. John pursues photography as an artistic outlet. He is a Board member of QVI.

https://qvi.eu

Dianne

Collard

(USA)

Dianne serves as the Europe Director for Artists in Christian Testimony International

 She is also the Founder/Director of ArtsCharlotte in the U.S.

She is an international speaker and the author of

“I Choose to Forgive.”, which is available in eleven European languages.

www.actinternational.org

Jill

Ford
(UK)

Arts Programme Leader, Lecturer and Tutor at All Nations since 2012. Jill has a background in music, theatre and performing arts and experience in teaching, performing, conducting, directing and orchestral playing. She has designed and developed the Arts modules for the All Nations curriculum at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has introduced a variety of creative projects and events at the college, including multicultural worship. Jill is currently studying for a Doctorate in Worship Studies at the Robert Webber Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jim

Mills

(USA/BEL)

Jim along with his wife Anne oversee the missional network of Creative Arts Europe.

Jim is also Chairman of Creative Missions International (CMI)  based in Waterloo, Belgium. They have served as missionaries since 1976 to Europe as Bible Teachers, worship leaders, songwriters and pastors for artists. 

www.creativemissions.com

 

Extended Leadership Team

Heather

Baker

(GBR)


Support team

Wife of John Baker who assists him in his Arts+ organising and hosting.

Mat

Carson

(USA)

 

Advisory Board

Director of OM Inspiro Arts Alliance

Bill

Drake

(USA)

 

Advisory board

Bill serves as the International Director of Catalytic Ministries for Operation Mobilization.

Werner Geischberger

(GER)


Country Representative

Translator and interpreter by profession, worship leader composer/writer of several songs, plays, poetry and short stories.

Werner leads the arts department of OM Germany.

Colin

Harbinson

(USA)
Advisory board

Colin is the International Director of StoneWorks, a Belhaven College arts initiative. 

Charles

Kelley

(USA/Latvia)

Extended Leadership

Team

President of Bridge Builders International.

www.charlesdavidkelley.com 

Astrid

Künzler

(SUI)
Extended Leadership Team

Performance Artist, Choreographer, Cultural Worker. Is in the leadership team of Arts+Switzerland.

Leen

La Rivière

(NL)
Extended Leadership Team

Chairman Christian Artists, author of 28 books about the arts and faith. Founder of The Continental Singers groups in Europe; Speaker; Lector of the Masterclass Cultural Leadership; Chairman of the national music council.

Edgars

Mazis

(LV)

Extended
Leadership Team

Baptist Pastor, based in Latvia and Teaches at the Baltic Pastoral Institute.

Hector

Ramirez (ESP)

Round

Table Leader 

Artistic director of the Aslan Theatre Troupe. Hector has directed classical plays and written and produced his own plays. Artistic director and founder of Ars Escuela de Música y Artes Escénicas in Madrid. Patron and founder of the Ars Vitalis Foundation (together with his wife Lilli and their son Danny).

https://www.arsvitalis.es

Zdravka

Samsonova-Stefanova
(BG)

Country

Representative

Founder and director of “Ellion Arts” – Christian artist organization for culture and intercultural dialog in Bulgaria. Zdravka is Art-historian, curator of fine art exhibitions and manager of art events and art festivals. 

Tamás

Tarjányi
(HUN)

Support Team 

Opera singer and general director of the Crescendo Summer Institute, Hungary. Works with Crescendo International and Crescendo Hungary.

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