About Image Bearers Arts Academy
Image Bearers Arts Academy was formed in 2019 in response to the diminishing value that the arts, all of the arts, are being given in today's schools and society . We believe that great cultures and civilizations are great not only because of the products they manufacture, but because of the beauty, goodness, and truth they inspire, and ultimately how they point to the source of that beauty, goodness, and truth. Since arts education in childhood is the most significant predictor of both arts attendance and personal arts creation throughout the rest of a person’s life, IBAA's goal is to raise up individuals with an exposure to the breadth and depth of the arts who can care for our culture in ways that only artists can throughout their entire life.
The mission of Image Bearers Arts Academy is to offer a challenging education grounded in the Christian faith and the arts to produce young men and women who wisely and persuasively express beauty, goodness, and truth in order to care for our culture with the love of God.
Image Bearers Arts Academy’s vision is to provide world-class arts-intensive Christian education for its students at the kindergarten, primary school, junior high, and high school levels. As continuing arts education has been tossed aside in favor of focusing on the STEM curriculum in our public schools, Image Bearers Arts Academy will fill the gap and provide not only high quality science, technology, engineering and math courses, but will teach those courses while exposing students to a breadth of the arts unparalleled in the public K-12 education institutions that exist today; from introductory courses in every art medium to focused elective conservatory education in dance, theater, visual arts, media arts, culinary arts and music.
We want to train artists that “can cast the appealing vision of beauty in the face of injustice, revealing brokenness and need, modeling love for the unlovable, revealing complexities, brokering reconciliation, teaching us to speak appealingly and persuasively, guiding the whole community through the challenges of engaging with the culture, leading us away from fragmentation and onward toward reintegration, and—perhaps—even uncovering again the Spirit’s light in the churches.”
Makoto Fujimura, Culture Care