18. Gregory Wolfe - Forget Politics: Support Art, Impact the World



In this episode, Anthony D’Ambrosio interviews Gregory Wolfe founder and editor of the the Image Journal. It is a true honor to have him on the podcast. He has been called “one of the most incisive and persuasive voices of our generation” (Ron Hansen). Through the journal and through his work in the academic world, he has sparked a resurgence of interest in the relationship between art and religion, which has had widespread impact both on religious communities and the public square. He was the founding director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at SPU, and author of many formational books, such as Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age.

In this podcast, we talk about Gregory’s story- about his transformation from a young voice of conservatism in the “culture wars” into a champion of cultural change through art. This lead to his mission to found the Image Journal, which he began with the intention of discovering this generation's T.S. Elliots and Flannery O'Connor's. In other words, he wanted to support artists who were redeeming the culture.

Image Journal.

Check out Read their mission and try not to get excited: 

We believe that the great art that has emerged from these faith traditions is dramatic, not didactic—incarnational, not abstract. And so our focus has been on works of imagination that embody a spiritual struggle, like Jacob wrestling with the angel. In our pages the larger questions of existence intersect with what the poet Albert Goldbarth calls the “greasy doorknobs and salty tearducts” of our everyday lives.”



Catholic Creatives Summit is ON THE MOVE!

New Date for the Summit: March 23th - 26th 2017.
The site is up at www.ccsummit.xyz. Passwords will be sent privately with invitations. 

We want to extend a huge thanks to Matt Pinto & Ascension Press who have come on as our first major sponsor for the upcoming Catholic Creatives Summit. We are grateful to them for their commitment to supporting artists and good media.

David Initiative: www.davidinitiative.com

Catholic Creatives has teamed up with Gretche Instruments and Crossroads Initiative, 4PM Media, and Shawn William’s Paper Castle Records to create a talent search for Catholic parish worship teams. We are throwing a contest called The David Initiative, where we are looking for the best Catholic worship teams in the US. The winner will be given all new musical equipment, a single recorded for free with Paper Castle studios, a music video about them, and mentorship from some of the foremost musicians in the Catholic Music world.