Arts and Ideas: A call for creative contributions

Portrait of Christina Cannon. Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
(Photo by: Jason Sinn)
Portrait of Christina Cannon. Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (Photo by: Jason Sinn)

This semester, we are re-imagining the Lifestyle section. 

“Arts & Ideas” is intended as a space for artistic and academic exploration. It is titled after a class that the late Mark Peach co-taught for 35 years in the spirit of understanding our own condition through the intersection of intellectual life, faith and creativity.

This is a place for student and faculty poetry, reflective or analytical essays, short fiction, photography and other forms of written and visual art. It is intended to help foster creative conversation on Southern’s campus. We invite you to submit your written and visual pieces for consideration.

Art shapes us. It reflects our “social imaginary,” the way in which we, as a group of people, see things, the way in which we tell the story of our surroundings through film, books, photos, etc. But these same images are also what shape the way we see reality and think about people. 

They influence our imaginations. They help us understand our history, where we came from, where we are going and our identities. 

“The imagination is not just our capacity to invent, to project something new. Imagination is more like our feel for the world…This is why the arts are crucial to our collective imagination. Grabbing hold of us by the senses, artworks have a unique capacity to shape our attunement, our feel for the world. The question isn’t whether the arts will shape us, but which.” according to James K. A. Smith, Canadian-American philosopher and theologian.

Not all art is beautiful – there is beauty in our world, but there is also more than that. Some art is serious, some buoyantly whimsical. It need not have an agenda or a “mission”; all it needs to do is to tell the truth. Its purpose is not to save the world, but to help us see the world more clearly.

So we welcome images, either visual or mental; we ask for you to join in helping to tell our collective story through sharing your individual one. Help us imagine, help us understand; we are not alone – remind us of that.

Written submissions should be no more than 500-600 words. Visual art will be showcased on the Accent website in a high quality format. Please send submissions and questions at any time to ccannon@southern.edu.

Thank you. We hope you join the conversation.

Sincerely,

Christina Cannon
Arts & Ideas Editor

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