A central theme of this blog is, of course, creativity. I’d call myself an author, writer, artist, or poet as the mood strikes, and so would many of you.
As has been mentioned elsewhere, many times, there’s a dearth of good Christian (mainstream) art. However, many artists and writers and photographers and musicians are still seeking to produce excellent art founded on their Christian faith. You just have to look a little harder.
Here are a few sites I’ve found over the past few months/years that act as a sort of community for Christian creators. Some offer encouragement and advice, while others simply publish creative content, but most are a mixture of all these.
The Rabbit Room | Founded by Andrew Peterson, the Rabbit Room is an incredible community of artists, writers, and musicians (it even has its own comic strip!). It includes a wide variety of content, including a podcast and books published by Rabbit Room Press. If you don’t check out any of the other sites on this list, look at this one. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Story Embers | This site is relatively new, but it’s growing fast, thanks in large part to its status as de facto successor of the currently-on-hiatus Kingdom Pen. It publishes both articles about writing, and pieces of writing such as poetry and short stories. It exists to help Christian storytellers tell good stories–and so far, it seems to be doing that excellently. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Story516 | This site was also launched recently, and I’m so excited about where it’s going. It publishes creative content by Christian artists, including photography, paintings, stories, poetry, and more. Each month has a “theme word” that ties all its content together; I plan to submit for the next couple. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Ordinary Means | Finally, we have Ordinary Means. It was founded by Jared Gotcher (aka Redeemed Flea–he’s a hip-hop artist), and the tagline and vision might be my favorite ever: “High Art | For the Common Man | To the Glory of God”. Of course, the fact that I know half the people on the team doesn’t hurt. 😉 But seriously, I’m thrilled about what they’re doing. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Have you found any other sites like this? Has a community of artists or thinkers been influential in your life?