- Posted June 13, 2012 by
BIG DAY FOR THE Christian Arts Museum
Formed in 2004, the Christian Arts Commission has diligently worked to create the foundation for this endeavor by aligning its vision with key people and organizations who share the vision of uplifting community through inspirational art.
To date, the Christian Arts Commission has achieved many of the target goals they need in order to make this vision a reality. This includes:
Formation of a strong leadership team to spearhead the project goals.
Approval for 509(a)(1) tax exempt Foundation status.
Site acquisition of the property needed for the construction of the museum.
Approval for the permanent display of the famous "Last Supper" wax artwork.
Initial pledge totals exceeding $500,000.00 dollars. The Christian Arts Museum will be the showcase point for the display and appreciation of "Inspirational Art". From sculpture to canvas, the Christian Arts Commission hopes to bring a collection of work to the public that will help build spiritual harmony and goodwill for all that come to view it.
The initial focus of the museum will be to provde a permenant home for one of the world's singular inspired creations. "The Last Supper" True Life Display. This three dimensional full size exhibition is a recreation of Leonardo Di'Vinci's famous painting done by famed wax artist Katherine Stubergh.
Future galleries will expand upon this work by providing space for paintings, sculpture and other art that reflects the power of God in all our lives.
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The Last Supper Exhibit
Future Galleries The idea for the creation of the Christian Arts Commission Museum was the result of a great deal of love and support from many people who saw the need for a landmark vision such as this.
It began when the Last Supper display was removed from public exhibition and put into storage many years ago. Although it had been viewed by millions of people and was recognized as an important piece of work, the funds were no longer available to keep it on permanent display.
As a result, there arose a groundswell of interest in somehow finding a new home for this work of art. One of the people who listened to the pleas was Reverend Ed Malone. After years of receiving phone calls and requests from people all over the Fort Worth area and beyond, Rev. Malone decided to do something about it.
And so the Christian Arts Commission was formed. Comprised of leaders and visionaries from the Fort Worth community, the Christian Arts Commission began to develop a workable plan that would help them realize their shared vision.
First they needed to know that if they found a home for the Last Supper display, they would have permission to display it.
Reverend Malone who had been a long time friend of the Walsh family, who had purchased the display, approached Mrs. Walsh and explained the Commission's plan for creating a museum in which the display would be the central exhibit. Because of his long time friendship and the trust that the Walsh family had in him, Reverend Malone received permission to display the Last Supper work if he was able to acquire a suitable venue for it.
Leaving everything in God's hands, the Commission began to look for ways to finance the acquisition of property and construction in order to move the vision forward. It was at this point that the Central Christian Church - Disciples of Christ, who had heard of the mission, approached the Commission and asked if they would be interested in receiving a piece of property free of charge for the location of the museum. Having a piece of land donated was a godsend, but when the Commission discovered that the property was located in the Forth Worth Cultural District just moments. I AM DONNELL BALLARD FOR iReport for cnn.com