What is your ministry?
I am the leader of ARTEST+, an Estonian arts ministry. I work with artists; together we organize international partnerships with ministries from other countries. Our main partners are Bridgebuilders International from the United States and Partneri from Latvia; together we organize retreat camps and a festival called ImagiNATIONS for artists. My Estonian team organizes conferences for Christian artists and plans art exhibitions. I also host a radio program on Estonian Christian radio where I introduce Christian artists to the radio audience or invite pastors and other guests to talk about visual art and topics connected to understanding the arts.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
I expect to receive inspiration, networking, new contacts, and ideas for cooperative projects. For me, it is also very important to think of the biblical value of the arts and to understand how Bible understands the arts and its importance in human life, both for artists themselves and for the church. Pastoral approaches to, and understanding of, the arts is important to me and helps me understand why I do the work I do.
What is your leadership role?
I am the art manager of the Estonian Christian Arts Ministry. I organize events where Christian artists can meet each other and network. I previously ran my own art gallery for 10 years.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I would love to organize a bigger international project on which all the participants of the mentoring program could work together. Sometimes large joint projects can attract artists of all ages and backgrounds. It is also often easier to find financing for bigger projects that are ambitious and bold, rather than to find funding for organizing smaller local events. Big international exhibitions and artistic challenges are often also more attractive to younger people. How can we attract younger artists? How can we be more visible and how can we give Christian visual arts and artists more significance?