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In this Evening Conversation, Fujimura argues for the importance of creating and conserving beauty as an antidote to much of our cultural brokenness, and asserts the need for cultural generativity in our public life. He also asserts that beauty is vital to the "soul care" of each individual, and offers a new vision for artists, supporters and "creative catalysts" of the power of artistic generativity and generosity to inspire, edify, and heal. And he advocates the creation of new "cultural estuaries" to nurture and cultivate that which is beautiful, imaginative, and hospitable in culture.
A renowned visual artist whose work is exhibited in museums around the world, Fujimura is also the founder and director of the International Arts Movement (IAM), which aims to inspire and train participants to contribute to a healthy culture. Fujimura has served as a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts, and was named the 2014 recipient of the "Religion and the Arts" award by the American Academy of Religion, an honor bestowed to an artist or scholar who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the arts and religion.
A popular speaker, he has lectured at numerous universities and conferences including the Aspen Institute, Yale and Princeton Universities, and many museums. His work can be viewed here:http://www.makotofujimura.com/works/
We hope you will join us for wine, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation at the Columbia Museum of Art.