Ministry Administration and Service
Kulli Hansen is the leader of the Estonian Artists Network.
When did you trust Christ?
I made my decision to follow Jesus on January 4, 2012. Before that date my father had passed away and I had come through a difficult divorce process which left me alone with two children. During a moment of meditation I realized that I needed Jesus in my life. It was a very clear understanding which changed my life. I was baptized on July 1, 2012.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
My Christian walk has been influenced by my church and my home group. I am fortunate to belong to a home group that has two pastors and other very inspirational people in it. The second important aspect in my Christian walk has been a chance to work with Christian artists. Organizing exhibitions in Salem church and arranging meetings between Estonian and Latvian artists have also been life-changing experiences.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
My aim in participating in the Forum is to meet other Christian artists, build up new contacts, and gain a better understanding of what Christian artists in other countries are doing. I would like to start new international art projects, events or initiatives with new partners. I am also very sure that I will benefit from Bible studies and inspirational teaching.
What is your ministry?
The Estonian Christian Artists Network ARTEST was founded in September 2016 under the umbrella of the Estonian Alliance. It has an aim to bring together Estonian Christian artists from different artistic fields – visual arts, music, drama, literature and dance. It has a small but very inspired leadership team; its first task was to organize a conference in February of 2017. In the summer of 2017 we will host an international Christian arts festival .Leading a network of Christian artists is a new challenge for me. I see and believe that Christian artists have a broader mission in today’s world, but usually artists cannot organize themselves. My role as a leader is to build bridges, create contacts, and inspire artists to be more responsible and open to society.
What are your past leadership roles?
Most of my life I have been leading different kind of projects – art exhibitions, art festivals, and cultural conferences and events. I have also coordinated international projects which were financed by EU programs like Creative Europe, Youth or Erasmus. For more than 10 years I ran an art gallery and art shop. Today the art gallery does not exist anymore and I offer my services as a lecturer, consultant and business coach. For more than 5 years I worked as a Development Manager and business coach in a business incubator in Tartu helping young creative people to start and raise their enterprises. It was a very interesting period during which I worked with more than 40 companies and coached them in their development processes.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
In Estonia artists have a tremendous influence in society. When Christian artists are equipped and encouraged to use their gifts more effectively in society they will be listened to more and even more than some pastors.