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Every day all around the globe, artists on mission are creating, cultivating, and contributing in their communities. As they seek to see their art used in the work the Lord is doing, we want to share their stories to encourage and inspire.
This blog is a place to read those stories, giving you a glimpse into how the Lord is using the arts around the world.
Thursday, 27 June 2024 21:31

Introducing Heidi

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Recently, Inspiro was thrilled to welcome Heidi Salzwedel to our staff as our Incarnate Arts Training Regional Leader in Southern Africa. We asked Heidi some questions to help you get to know her, and you can read her answers below. Join us in welcoming Heidi!

1. Could you tell us a little about yourself?

I'm an artist and arts educator from South Africa. I love this country, even though it's a perplexing place - with so many contrasts, so much economic inequality, and is filled with heart-breaking paradoxes. It's the people that make a place, as well as the majestic mountains and seas. I was a secondary and tertiary level Art and Design educator before coming into Inspiro to do the work I'm doing now. I studied art in the eastern side of the country, and moved to the western side to study a master's in art education. I'm not finished learning - I'd love to study more one day if I get the chance. What I'd be interested in learning more about is the relationship between African and Western Art History and how it's taught today in some countries as compared to other countries. I also hope to understand what we can expect in the future in terms of how this historical thread is unpacked for the next generation. 

2. How did you come to Inspiro?

friend who had been to Incarnate in 2014 persuaded me to come to a conference in Belgium in 2015. This is where I met with İnspiro folk and then I returned to Europe in 2016 for Incarnate; Inspiro Arts Alliance's arts ministry training programme

3. What is your new role, and what will it involve?

The role that I have stepped into is to introduce the Incarnate Arts ministry training into Southern Africa. The aim is for it to be accessible to more artists globally. The Incarnate programme, which was more like an arts residency, helped me as a young artist to see the value of building community. I remember returning from Italy to South Africa with a couple of mantras playing out in my mind; one of which was 'community is created, not found'. I, along with other local artists then started gathering artists into community to be encouraged and inspired. I hope for more artists to be encouraged and inspired. 

4. What are you most excited about in your new role?

More artists, musicians, performers and curators having access to this training so that they are equipped in the Word and what it teaches of the Arts and encouraged to live out God's calling on their lives, whatever it may be, creatively. 

5. If you could offer one piece of advice to an artist considering missions, what would it be?

Lose the label. Consider slowly phasing the word 'missionary' out from your vocabulary. In our global world of digital nomads and adventure seekers everyone seems to be 'on a mission' for something or other these days. Perhaps consider simply being a truly alive believer, a person with an undivided witness seeking to close the gap of the sacred secular divide in daily life. Strive to be a true custodian of the gospel by bringing your witness and your creative offering to the table wherever you go - be it through your job in a creative field, or in long term service in a cross-cultural context. I'll try my best to live up to this too- I might not get it right, but it's a journey. 

We are so excited to have Heidi with us. If you are interested in finding out more about Incarnate, visit the Incarnate page on our website!

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