SARTS: Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies
3000 Fifth Street Northwest
New Brighton, MN 55112
SARTS is a community of inquiry devoted to understanding and encouraging the role of the arts in religion and society.
As scholars, teachers, and practitioners of the arts, we seek to foster creative and critical inquiry into the role the arts play in interpreting human experience, deepening theological inquiry, and shaping religious faith and life. Our work explores aesthetic modes of perception, practice, and thought stimulated by the arts, and engages the arts through the insights of religious faith and theological discourse.
SARTS meets annually concurrently with the AAR/SBL meeting. The goal of the SARTS is to attract consistent participation of a core group of artists and scholars of theology and religion in order to have dialogue about the theological and religious meaning of the arts, and the artistic/aesthetic dimension of the spiritual life.
SARTS offers its members several benefits:
Admission to innovative programs and receptions at the AAR and SBL meetings each year that feature lectures, guided museum tours, and presentations by Luce Fellows.
Access to annual faculty and student fellowships, when available, made possible through a grant from the Henry A. Luce Foundation, to support work about the interrelationships among theology, spirituality, and the arts.
A year-long subscription to the journal of the Society, ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.
Access to the website and the features we are hoping to build as a community of scholars, clergy, and artists interested in the mutually enriching dialogue between theology and art. This includes access to an online directory of members, web-based forums with other members (including announcements of job openings, calls for papers, museum exhibits of interest, research inquiries, etc.), a web-based syllabi exchange, and a web gallery featuring work of our members.