Pronunciation of Inspiro: ‘in-SPEAR-o’— like in the word ‘Spirit.’
Meaning: ‘to inspire; excite, inflame; instill, implant; breathe into; blow upon/into.’
As Inspiro Arts Alliance, we want to:
- Breathe out artistic creations that will inspire others to worship God, and to witness to His love among the least reached
- Cultivate artists and empower them to live incarnationally in their communities, using their local art forms to inspire local Jesus followers to worship Him in Spirit and in truth
- Build a network of ministries to encourage and support artists to walk in step with God, living under His breath giving them understanding of His inspired Word, from which they create art
- Develop resources to inspire and equip artists to create beautiful art, which points to the Word of God and the beautiful gospel
Building a Global Movement of Artists on Mission
Every culture tells its story through the language of art—expressing its values, spiritual dynamics, and ultimately, its worldview. Redemptive art creatively expresses the major themes of the Bible and engages our imagination to shape our personal lives and worldviews.
God had been raising up various artists within Operation Mobilization (OM) to reach hearts through the arts since the early 1990s. With a desire to build a global movement of artists on mission, OM Arts International was founded in 2009. The goal was to create space for people to be moved by God’s beauty and truth and to help communities of Jesus followers be vibrant in their worship and witness.
Over time, OM Arts grew from a provider of short-term mission trips to something more—equipping and placing artists on the mission field. This was done by helping OM fields establish arts ministries locally and investing in significant training events.
Launched in early 2012 in Northern Italy, the OM Arts leadership team created a school, called Incarnate, for training artists as missionaries. This four-month program stimulated artists to grow in their faith and learn how to effectively engage communities in the gospel through the arts.
Igniting Heart Worship
Throughout these developments in the rest of OM Arts, Heart Sounds International (HSI) reached further into restricted places around the globe via ethnodoxology (the worship of God by ethnic groups or nations). It sought to ignite worship among the least-reached people groups of the world.
A New Name: Inspiro Arts Alliance
In 2019, OM Arts and all of its ministries, including its most well-known department Heart Sounds International, fully merged, both in operations and in branding. In early 2020, the newly integrated team changed its name to Inspiro Arts Alliance.
Inspiro Arts Alliance is a ministry of Operation Mobilization (OM). OM works in over 110 countries, motivating and equipping people to share God’s love with people all over the world. OM wants to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached.
Inspiro affirms and abides by the OM International values. We are distinguished, however, by additionally pursuing beauty and prizing incarnational community. An Inspiro artist pursues beauty by seeking to grow in the knowledge of God's goodness and to manifest it in their lives and art. Incarnational community is God's goodness shaping the relationships of Jesus followers, manifested in such a way that the wider community recognizes that community of Jesus followers as beautiful.
Read more about OM’s Beliefs.