Arts Movement, Inc. (IAM) is a catalyst
arts organization committed to cultural and spiritual renewal. Its
programs support individual artists in their work and embrace the
entire arts community. IAM is active in Tokyo and New York City,
with affiliations in Orlando, Los Angeles, and London. Its vision:
a fusion of creativity and faith that expresses and illustrates
God's intimate and merciful identity in the world.
IAM was first
conceived when its founder, Makoto Fujimura, traveled to the Philippines
to organize an exhibit by Christian artists. An established artist
- with his own newborn faith in Christ - Fujimura was exhibiting
in Tokyo at the time. Moved by these experiences, Fujimura went
on to publish "Wouldest Thou Love...:" a personal record of an artist's
journey to faith. This publication had a wide and lasting impact;
it was later quoted in major arts magazines and museum exhibits.
Most gratifyingly, it had a very real personal impact on the lives
of many artists, curators and critics in Japan and in New York.
IAM grew out of this experience with a vision to unite leaders who
share the passion for creativity and Christ. We want to understand
our "stories" together as God knits us together.