Arts Ministry

The Arts Ministry seeks to create an environment that encourages and nurtures artists of all kinds to utilize their gifts. By consciously and fully involving artists in every area of Marble life, artists are given a platform to share their art and breathe new spirit into the body of the Church, Christ and the world.

Great Expectations Art Gallery

Pentecost is the time when the Holy Spirit bursts into our lives and enables us to see and do things in a new Christ-like way. Presented online and live, “Great Expectations,” speaks of bright boldness in the ordinary simple pleasures of life and invites us to see our world from the perspective of wonder and awe. The video created by Karla Hendrick features the visual art of Diane Aramony, Prudence DiBenedetto, Karla Hendrick, Douglas M. Powers, Abigail Shue, Joan Silinsh, and Margery Westin. The exhibit outside the Labyrinth Room on the Wall of Hope, Inspiration, and Healing includes additional artwork from Diane Aramony, Abigail Shue, and other selections from the video. The presentation will run from June 5 – 30.

Artist Bios

Poem: The Summer Solstice by Carole Gregory

Poem: Saturday at Governors Island & the Pentecost on Sunday by Carole E. Gregory

2022 6th Annual Summer Arts Festival: Sunday, June 19, 12:30 to 2:30pm

The 6th Annual Marble Summer Arts Festival will be a one-day Welcome Back Celebration after service in the Labyrinth Room. The Festival will feature visual and live performance art as well as videos from our talented artists. Come help us celebrate! FREE OF CHARGE.

For details, contact Mario Sprouse.

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2021-2022 Theme is “Success Stories”

"Success Stories" seeks to make more concrete the process of being successful as artists and as human beings who are called Children of God. We will not only delve into the stories of other artists but our own stories of triumph over tragedy. Most important, it is the nature of our present journey that keeps us moving forward - through change, adversity, unexpected setbacks all the way to grace, mercy, love, and abundance.

Are you a professional or non-professional performing, fine, or design artist? Now in our 41st year at Marble, The Arts Ministry is a safe, welcoming, and creative community that provides an inclusive space to gather together to support and recognize one another’s efforts, discuss and resolve issues pertinent to each discipline, be spiritually nurtured, and to create art

Get Involved

The Fellowship of Professional Artists
This group meets once a month and to address the unique needs of professional artists who are typically more entrepreneurial. Networking, branding, financial matters, goal setting, and marketing will be some of the topics discussed, all within a spiritual framework.

All professional artists are welcome. Please RSVP to Mario Sprouse.

The ARTS Peer Support Group
This is a small group (8 - 12 people) who gather twice a month to do more in-depth artistic and spiritual growth in relation to our art.

The Producers Club
This group meets once a month specifically to help members achieve their immediate professional goals. Much like a goal-setting workshop, the Producers Club will have an accountability factor with the aim of reaching specific professional milestones. Only those who are active professional performing, design, and fine artists can take part in this group.

All artists welcome! Please RSVP to Mario Sprouse.

Arts Ministry Facebook Group
Artists of all kinds are invited to join our Arts Ministry Facebook Group. We have created a closed group that offers a welcoming space to support and recognize one another’s efforts, explore issues pertinent to each discipline, and be spiritually nurtured. To request to join.

Ideas for the Upcoming Year

Here are a few of the ideas we would like our group to explore:

  • Establish a prayer group to pray for artists all over the world.
  • Create juried art exhibits in the Chapel or the Labyrinth Room that correspond to our liturgical calendar (Lent, Advent) or a particular topic (Faith, Love, Sacrifice, etc.)
  • Connect with other arts communities throughout New York City and do joint projects.
  • Invite disabled, hearing impaired, and deaf artists to participate in our community.
  • Start a liturgical dance workshop with the hope of contributing to a worship service.
  • Promote volunteer opportunities for artists in the community.
  • Create interactive Bible studies using artists to make the stories come alive.

The Arts Ministry is an important part of the vibrant life of Marble Collegiate Church. We hope you will join us!

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Questions & Information

For more information about the Arts Ministry, contact Mario Sprouse, Arts Coordinator, (212) 686-2770 ext. 227.