I want to tell you about Masterpiece Project 2010.
Our theme this year was “Frame the Clouds,” and you’ll just have to believe me when I say I did not have anything to do with that. But I was humbled, so grateful that the concept resonates with others.
We are all passionate about our art forms and passionate about the work of God’s kingdom.
In particular, we are passionate about encouraging young artists to be fearless in their faith and in their work.
We all feel inadequate in one way or another.
We wonder what’s next in our own lives.
Above all we believe there is a big, big beautiful true story happening and that it is our responsibility to participate in the telling of it. By making art. And by living in love with God’s art.
The students at Masterpiece are not all of a kind. They are songwriters, musicians, painters, poets, photographers, calligraphers, dancers, novelists, cartoonists, designers. Public-schooled, private-schooled, home-schooled. Funny, dramatic, shy, mysterious, hardworking, uncertain, open.
They feel inadequate and wonder what’s next.
But above all they suspect they have something in common with other storytellers, past and present, across the globe and in the next cabin. Some small part of them, at least, believes they have been given a uniquely powerful way of representing God’s True story.
In one little week in the rural midwest, we are together and changed.
We, together, have listened, walked and talked, written, collaged, and played, danced, cooked, and cleaned. We've sung prayers, read the Word, and represented a Creed.
We tried to frame the clouds.
And yes, we even built a giant iPod.
*The following was copied (with permission) from a Facebook "Note" posted by one of our campers:
"When we were released by the kitchen staff the people who were helping and I were sitting around a table and someone asked if I had any of my drawings with me and I did. I showed them the one I was working on and I ran back to my cabin and grabbed my three boxes of my drawings and brought them over to the gathering area. I opened them up and gave them up for viewing. This is something I do not do often, generally I am not comfortable with groups of people looking through my art for whatever reason, but I knew it could be appreciated. Now there was a little crowd of about eight or nine people chattering and oooing over my art. Now this was unique being that I have drawn them and made up my mind whether or not I like them or not. There was stuff from a couple of years ago to present and some of those pieces are somewhat embarrassing to me but much to my surprise people were pointing out things in my art that I never saw and were explaining how much they enjoyed them. Compliment after compliment kept coming about drawings that I had nearly forgotten about. It was an encouraging moment and something I remember clearly. In that moment I knew that I was in the company of friends..."