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THE ARC STORY
A Narrative Account of
The Society for the Arts, Religion, and
by Betty H. Meyer
with an introduction by William J. Conklin
The volume traces the story of the Society
from its beginnings in 1961 to its 40th anniversary in 2001.
The Society’s mission is viewed within the context of the larger
theological and artistic movements of the second half of the
twentieth century. The
author, Betty H. Meyer, knew the founders well: James Luther
Adams, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Joseph Campbell, Truman B. Douglass,
Marvin Halverson, Stanley Hopper, Paul Tillich, and Amos N.
Betty Meyer has experienced the entire history of the Society for
the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture (ARC) from its
founding in 1961 to today. An
early ARC Fellow, she served on its Board of Directors for many
years and has been the Society’s historian and keeper of the
tradition. From 1972
to 1979, she held the position of Executive Director of the
Society. Ms. Meyer has
extensive background in both religion and the arts.
William J. Conklin, another longtime ARC participant, wrote the
165-page book is interspersed with poems by ARC Fellows such as
Marianne Moore and W. H. Auden and also has an index and an
appendix of photographs.
$20.00 per copy, postpaid
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purpose and program are based on the belief that the roles of
the arts and religion are decisive. They reflect the struggle
to conserve and to recover depth and wholeness, to reaffirm personal
responsibility in the face of dehumanization, to define the ground
for human freedom and creativity in a culture which tends increasingly
to impose impersonal tyrannies over mind and spirit. Religion
in isolation from the arts is starved of concrete embodiment of
its insights into the fullness of human life. Art gives religion
the eyes to see ourselves in all our dimensions, the ears to hear
the voice of our inner lives and the instruments with which to
communicate with each other. At the same time, the past suggests
that the arts realize their potential most fully within that transcendent,
unifying vision which is the heart of religion.
The Society meets three times each year, normally in New York
City, on the first Saturday of November, February and May.
to time the Board of Directors elects as Fellows individuals it
identifies as having made distinguished contribution to their respective
fields. The list of Fellows elected over a period of nearly four
decades thus exemplifies what the Society understands as the necessary
and vital connections between art, religion and culture.
Membership Regular $50
Student $(You tell us what you can afford to pay.)
Organizational (1-5 persons) $50
Organizational (more than 5 persons)$100
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