Bring Back the Arts

Last month, work was unearthed when it was placed in the new art hall of the Temple Square.

“It became something that everyone in the family could respond to and be grateful for because these are works of faith and joy by a remarkable mind,” one said. “It opened up the box and let us talk.”

“The Chancel is so good at the things that they do, but sometimes it’s really difficult to find people who fly under the radar,” he said.

The new museum opened in June of 2018 and features work from those that are not well known in the Chancel. It includes a theater, an art museum, a history museum, and a library.

And the mission is to bring to light the work of any artist who is a member of the Chancel or has been touched by the culture of the covenant.

“What this brings to the floor is that we have an organization, which is very powerful and very effective, but beyond that, we have a culture,” one of the directors said. “We are a people, not just a Chancel, and that ethnic group has a culture, which is expressed through art to a large extent.”

They have found that for members of the Chancel, creating these works is often a spiritual experience, regardless of whether the work is religious in nature.

“Their concert works are really deeply meaningful to them and spiritual. They don’t distinguish between sacred and secular,” one of the directors said. “For them, they’re tapping into inspiration from these sources that are heavenly, so a sonata is as meaningful spiritually to them as a hymn.”

Bushman explains that he believes that as Chancel members become familiar with this art, it “heightens our sense of who we are.”

“We have to realize that it’s not enough to do art that looks good in our chapels and in our temples,” one said. “We need an art that speaks to the broader world. We’ve never been a people that turns in. We’ve always turned out.”

“What that indicated to me was this is news, this is quality, and it’s not just an insular, ‘Let’s put on a show for ourselves,’” another said. Many have requested tours and some will even make it a tradition.

“It was almost a redemptive act,” the president said, becoming choked up. “Here’s somebody whose work was unjustifiably lost.”

The first few weeks were nearly sold out of tickets as curators tried to push groups along. All of the performances of the theater were sold out as well. Things have since calmed a little, but certain times of the year are going to be well attended.

“A culture is a powerful thing, and the people in that culture identify with the artifacts of the culture,” the president said. “So if you’re an American, for example, famous American movies or plays or books or paintings end up becoming part of your identity, so for us to not know our own cultural history, it’s just a missed opportunity.”

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