MCC Celebrates The Arts
Since Monroe Community Church first configured its warehouse to display artwork in 2009, it has not been without some sort of creative exhibit. MCC values creativity and expression, which is one way that people bear God’s image as mini-creators. We love to feature the work of artists, from professional to children, not in a gallery, but surrounding our congregation as part of the worship experience. This emphasis helps us reinforce our mission to “connect our downtown community to our life-changing God.”
For Fall 2019, MCC welcomes landscape artist Tom Tomasek from Ovid, Michigan. Tom has been published in several journals featuring Michigan artists and exemplary pastel artwork, and he also teaches his craft at a number of community arts organizations. This exhibit features Tom’s depiction of scenes here in Michigan, in Maine as a resident artist, and in Japan while on an artist exchange with our sister state, the Shiga Prefecture. Tom is also a retired auto worker and now enjoys creating art to his heart’s content. Welcome, Tom! Learn more about Tom's work HERE.
MCC Loves ArtPrize
We are a venue for ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition that occurs every September and October in downtown Grand Rapids.
We have now enjoyed two jury finalists, in 2015 and 2017, and we were one of 5 “Outstanding Venue” finalists in 2017. For the past 4 years, MCC has also been a riddle site for the ArtPrize edition of the Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race. Each year for ArtPrize, MCC conducts a 4-week worship series entitled “Meet the (a)Artist”, where the worship themes are derived from 4 of the venue’s ArtPrize entries. A creative team curates the worship service elements: music, scripture, and sometimes multi-sensory activities to support the artist and the theme of their work. As part of the sermon, our pastor discusses the artwork with each artist and then unpacks a biblical response to the themes in each piece of artwork.
Our ArtPrize venue site has updated details, events, times, and dates about each year’s ArtPrize exhibition.
We are so excited to have had artists from ArtPrize join us here at MCC this past year. Click below to learn about some of this past year’s entries. And be sure to come back for ArtPrize 2020!