Art and Business Fellowships

Connect your faith to your work

We believe that our faith should be part of everything we do—especially our work. We were made to work, creating and cultivating culture to bring glory to God and to serve others. To support and help you implement your faith into your work, we’ve designed the Art and Business as Mission Fellowships. This program has two tracks—one for artists and one for entrepreneurs—and runs for nine months, from September – May. It includes office space and opportunities for development and networking, and applicants must be able to dedicate 15 hours a week to the fellowship. Applications are closed for all 2017-2018 fellowships. 

Goals

  • Participate in the story of God’s Kingdom. We want our fellows to have a greater sense of the role of their vocation within the kingdom of God.
  • Appreciate a distinctly Christian approach to their work. We want our fellows to understand and appreciate how their faith influences and enriches their vocation.
  • Create something that will have a positive, meaningful impact on the church and city. We want our fellows to complete a tangible cultural artifact or business.

Opportunities

  • Workspace – Each fellow will be given a monthly stipend for a workspace. Art fellows will work at the Mill Street House in Lewisville, Texas, and business fellows will work at one of the Dallas Entrepreneur locations located either at The DEC in downtown, The Addison TreeHouse in Addison, Stoke in Denton or Red Bird Entrepreneur Center in Oak Cliff.
  • Slack channels – Fellows will have access to The Village Communications Team’s channel where they share interesting and inspiring work and a channel devoted to collaboration, idea sharing and discussion between the Art and Entrepreneur Fellows.
  • Staff Retreat – Fellows will attend a Staff Retreat workshop. The goal is to help you develop self-awareness of your identity and brand based on your values, strengths and actions.
  • Mentorship – Kent Rabalais, TVC’s executive director of Communications, will meet with each fellow once a month to discuss the growth and development of their projects, as well as the following books: Culture Making and Every Good Endeavor. Fellows will also have opportunities to learn best practices from local artists/business people.

Who Is This For?

Though no one entering the fellowship will be in the exact same stage of life, ideal candidates will be on the cusp of their vocations, with both a need for spiritual and career development.

Art Track

For over 1,000 years, the Church was at the center of supporting the cultivation of the true, the good and the beautiful. Over the last few centuries, as beauty was relegated to the sidelines for pragmatic concerns, the Church has waned in her interest and investment in this important, God-exalting work. The Art as Mission Fellowship is our attempt to recover the Church’s role in commissioning and championing the arts and to strategically support “culture making” through artists here in DFW.

Milestones for Art Fellows

  • Art for the Church – By the end of the first semester, we expect that the artist will have created one significant “piece” that could be used for the edification of our church. (e.g., installation at campus(ses), video, story, performance, etc.)
  • Art from the Church – By the end of the second semester, we expect that the artist will be able to present their work to a collection of their peers, contemporaries and fellow citizens in a public form that is conducive to their medium (e.g., gallery, reading, recital, etc.).

Click here for a look at work done by a former Art as Mission Fellow.

Business Track

We believe that the kingdom of God is being built day by day and that Christians are empowered by the triune God to be priests and prophets, heralding the good news of Jesus and acting as ministers of reconciliation in culture. We also believe entrepreneurs are strategically positioned to have a unique multiplying effect on our cities. The Business as Mission Fellowship is our attempt to recognize the unique gospel-centered multiplication opportunity entrusted to entrepreneurs and intentionally invest in them as they seek to glorify God in their work.

Milestones for Business Fellows

  • Business for the City – By the end of the fellowship, we expect the entrepreneur to understand more about how their vocation uniquely serves the kingdom of God.
  • Share a completed business plan with at least five potential investors if an investment is needed.
  • Grow a business. If the entrepreneur joins the fellowship with revenue already coming into their business, the goal for the time would be to see revenue increased, even if it’s a small increase.

Central Office

2101 Justin Road, Flower Mound, Texas 75028 
Phone: (972) 537-1100  |  Fax: (972) 441-2275