Lisa Adams, keyboardist & vocalist for Portland-based band Sama Dams, discusses why community and faith are vital to the life of the artist. She will be co-leading (along with artist and Imago Dei staff member Shekinah Davis) a Worship Community on The Artist’s Way, a guide focused on discovering and recovering the creative self. To join the group, or for more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What inspired you to start the group?
I wanted to start a dialogue with Christian artists about our creative resistances and fears. God calls us to be artists for a reason, but the discouragement and challenges along our creative paths can leave us wondering if we're in the right place. Whether it's the worries of staying afloat financially, pressures to have "steady work," or concerns about what people will think of our art, we face a lot of negativity and self-doubt. I think a community of artists is crucial for combating these narratives and helping one another become disciplined and joyful artists.
What role has community played in your journey as artists?
Community is ESSENTIAL to being an artist. While there are times of isolation necessary in the creative process, we need one another and we need to share life together. I've made life-long friends and artistic allies through Imago's small groups, retreats, and arts events. I've also encountered incredible support and encouragement from Portland's scene of musicians and artists. Portland has a supportive scene of creatives who have helped me grow and have challenged me to continue making music.
How would you describe the connection between your art and your faith?
Art and faith are one, and there is always dialogue between the two. When I'm writing music, I am celebrating God's goodness. I am working through my doubts and fears. I am asking God for help. I am joy-filled and glad. Art is faith and faith is art. It's a way that we dialogue with God.
What do you most hope people who participate in this group get out of it?
I hope that we learn to rely on God to provide for us no matter what. God gives us a desire to be creative and He is faithful. I hope we learn to thank God for the difficult times and celebrate the joys we experience when we thrive. I hope that people understand that being an artist is filled with Christ's freedom and redemption.
Why did you choose The Artist's Way as a resource for this group?
The Artist's Way changed my life as an artist. My friend recommended that I read the book to work through some of my fears and hesitations about becoming an artist. Through the reading of this book, I saw how God was giving me creative opportunities to help me grow and trust Him and this unleashed a refreshed belief in God's healing work through the creative process. The text is a great way to connect with other artists and become more open to how God wants to use creativity to further His kingdom.