Given the heavy influence of the icons in popular art and music culture today, our young people are more susceptible than ever to being influenced by the themes and images glamorized by these artists. From iPods, to YouTube music videos and ringtones, youth have limitless access to artists who leave lasting impression on young minds. Sadly, many artists do not value the responsibility that comes along with their power to influence.
In response to the lack of responsibility displayed by many artists, Creátre developed the Cultural Arts Program. The Program gives artists the opportunity to display leadership in the community through teaching the arts to youth who would not have otherwise had the opportunity. This program promotes cultural diversity and education through active participation in the arts. It also will develop the artistic talents of youth and give them the opportunity to be creative and to express themselves through various art forms. The Program consists of several art forms including:
WHAT IS RESPOND?: Respond! is a monthly event that incorporates aspects of a concert, talk show and an open mic designed to inspire young adults to live out their faith within their sphere of influence. Respond! started back in December of 2007, and was pioneered by A.D Daisley, Adria Hutson and Elena Rivas.
HOW RESPOND! BEGAN: After living in Orlando a few years, the RESPOND! Team noticed an interesting trend. Many churches had vibrant youth and adult ministries, but lacked in providing effective ministry to urban young adults in the college/post-college age range. Many of these young adults had not found ways to utilize their gifts due to lack of exposure. Some settled and began pursing alternative avenues of using their gifts, while others became preoccupied with entertaining themselves. These young adults were also seeking social interaction, yet there were few platforms in existence that would allow believers from different churches and backgrounds to consistently fellowship. This need gave birth to RESPOND! an interactive ministry that combines several approaches with the aim to motivate young adults to live out their faith in practical ways. Click on the following link for more information: www.respondevents.org