AEM Artist Forums are Arts & Entertainment Institute(AEI) alumni gatherings in Los Angeles, California. These forums include lectures and discussions on the practical application of a Christian worldview to visual art, music, performing art and all forms of film and media. Through these monthly AEI Alumni gatherings AEM serves the local Los Angeles/Hollywood community by encouraging, praying and discussing relevant issues artists and creative professionals face in their creative process, their professional careers and their spiritual life. These meetings are only open to AEI Alumni and friends.
We have quarterly informational meetings open to guests who want to hear more about the Arts & Entertainment Institute and participate in one of the lectures.
For additional information or to attend the Artist Forums or Arts & Entertainment Institute, email Institute@a-e-m.org
or call the AEM office: (310) 474-7671.
2017 Upcoming Artist Forums:
The Artists Journey Series: War with Taking, January 29, 6pm
This year we will be concluding our study on the ten commandments and how they relate to and inform our creative process and the work we produce as artists and creative professionals. As always we will have dinner first then our lecture, discussion and prayer time. Our topic: Stealing is easy. Just open your laptop and rip a video from the web, or a riff from a CD. You don’t need to hold anyone at gunpoint. Stealing is easier today than any other time in history. Understanding the complexity of our world demands we portray the complexity of this not-so-simple issue of theft. Integrity can be expensive in the short term, but what will be the benefits. Join us for a riveting discussion, video clips, and fellowship.
13th Annual Hollywood Awards Party, February 26, 5pm
Every year we gather for great food, great fellowship and we watch the Oscars together. It is a very informal time where everyone brings their friends and a fabulous appetizer to share!
Truth telling is a noble goal of many artists. We long for honesty in relationships, and even as audience members we long for honesty in the artwork we view, or the films we watch. This Biblical command calls us to refrain from ‘bearing false witness’. It sounds so simple, but people fail to understand this commandment all the time. Join us to find out what the real context of this commandment means, and some lively discussions about what this means for artwork as well as our personal lives.
It sounds so easy to not covet when we are growing up, but when life gets hard and your dreams don’t quite come true, coveting rears its ugly head. We all get discouraged, and grow weary. How do we understand the hearts of characters we create and the heart within our own chest? Join us for an encouraging discussion to finish our Decalogue Series.
AEM Summer Bar-B-Que, August 20, 6pm
Join us for a fellowship dinner. We’ll provide the burgers, hot dogs, sausages and drinks. You bring a side dish to share!
Last names beginning with: A-H bring a dessert,
I-P bring a salad(green, potato pasta), Q-Z bring a side dish
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know who’s coming and what you’re bringing to share
Fear, Faith and Creativity, Part 1: Fear and the Creative Process, September 17, 6pm
The instant we begin to create, suspicious fears creep in. It doesn’t matter if it is fear of the critics, the audience, or simply the fear our final product will not match the vision in our mind. Yet great artists find a way to face those fears every time. Join us as we take a look at how to see these fears as a gift, and understand how this part of our human nature is often what pushes us to create great art.
Fear, Faith and Creativity, Part 2: Fear and the Creative Product, October 29, 6pm
Finishing the work of art is never the end. Finding an audience is the secondary challenge for artists. Unfortunately, craftsmanship and talent are never enough. It must speak to the audience, and participate within the dialogue of today’s culture. Fear can often seep in as artists wonder, how can they be true to their gifting and calling while striving to be relevant to the culture around them? These fears can lead to creative floundering if we ignore them, but it can lead to creative flourishing if we lean in to them.
Fear, Faith and Creativity, Part 3: Fear and the Creative Life, November 12, 6pm
Join us for a Christmas cocktail party, filled with great food, drinks and fellowship!