The Arts as Divine Inspiration (Free Event)

Saturday, April 6, 2024

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Conway Baha'i Center, Conway, SC, 29527

Hosted by Meaningful Conversations Horry County, with a different topic every week on Saturdays at 3pm at the Conway Baha'i Center.

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Whether it’s a piece of fine art or the work of a craftsperson or an artisan, where does the inspiration to make art, to create, come from? Is art solely a product of the material world, or is it sometimes also somehow connected to something greater than us, to a higher power, able not only to entertain us, but to drive us to be better?

Art has a unique ability to inspire and uplift us, to teach us and help us understand the world around us, to help us heal and bring us together. But what is it – and who gets to make it? Is it solely the domain of a select few, or is the ability to create, to inspire, to bring beauty and healing to this world something that we all have the ability to do?

The word “inspiration” comes from the Latin word inspirare meaning “to breathe into”, or even to give life to. Though understood in many different ways and called by different names, as the first maker, the first creator, is that not what God has done with us? And if we are, as some believe, created in God’s image, then are we not also creators who can do the same – or at least have the capacity to be? Is this another spiritual quality for us to develop and reflect in this world? By not recognizing and developing this capacity, are we neglecting an entire part of ourselves, a part that connects us to each other and to something greater than ourselves? Viewed in this light, how might the arts contribute to our material and spiritual progress, as individuals and as a society?

Come join a different kind of conversation – one that welcomes every perspective in a search for the truths that unite us all – as we discuss the spiritual perspective offered by the Bahá’í Teachings on the spiritual nature of art and creation. Join us for a lively discussion as we explore the powerful role the arts can play in the spiritual and social progress of us as individuals and as communities.

“Arts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation.” – Bahá’í Teachings

*** This event is free and open to all regardless of background or belief. Donations will not be accepted.


Conway Baha'i Center
2601 4th Ave.
Conway, SC

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