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Art & Life with Theresa Dedmon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Theresa Dedmon.

Theresa, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I believe the moment I first saw lines connect to a picture I could create, I fell in love. I found a way that I could communicate that went beyond words. Throughout my early life as a child and adolescent, I saw the power of art transform the walls of my house. There wasn’t a place I could go where shapes, sculptures, and paint were not found. My Mother, who was an artist taught me to create in all different kinds of creative expressions, like art, fashion, music, writing, performing arts, and how we as a family could transform other’s lives through our creative gifts in helping others feel loved.

So, just like she painted life in our house, she brought it out into our community. In my teens, my family and I performed drama in prisons, led music in Sunday church, and reached out to others all over our city. I fell in love again not just with the arts, but with how people were nurtured through the message behind them.

Years later with marriage, college, and two children behind me, my husband and I started a church to radically transform people in the southern California area through the arts. We incorporated drama, rap, music, dancing and stories that would open up people’s hearts to God’s love in parks, churches, inner city areas, which fueled my passion as an artist and visionary.

Ten years later, we moved up to northern California, where I was asked to head up the Creative Arts at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. So, I began the journey of raising international and national students in our School of Supernatural Ministry to touch both the church and the marketplace through their creative expressions. I have graduated countless students who are artists, dancers, actors, photographers, fashion designers, chefs, and film- makers now.

This has led me to write my book Born to Create and manual Cultivating Kingdom Creativity. In the past three years, I have launched over 5 E-Courses to help people grow in their creative expression as they partner with God’s Presence in loving those God gives them while pursuing their creative passion. I now have a webinar called Create Connect monthly, where I help other creatives grow in community and in pursuing their call.

Also, I travel both nationally and internationally putting on Creative Conferences both for schools and churches who want their people to grow creatively. My joy is to see others fulfill their creative call.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I would refer to myself as a creative catalyst led by Jesus’ inspiration to help people break free from fear or perfectionism so that they can enjoy who they’ve been created to be without trying to be someone else. I am an artist, poet, writer, speaker, and fashion designer. I also coach artists who want to grow and set goals so that they can become successful. I also lead many programs within our city through many teams who touch people around the city every week.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists
Yes, I have found that artists belong in families! We are putting on an event called the Faces of Redding annually where we honor unsung heroes in our city through people writing their bio, taking their photograph, and then others creating portraits. Then, we have the unveiling, where we invite the whole city to come out and honor the recipients as we unveil their portrait and share about who they are with family and friends. This is our third year doing this event at City Hall, where the exhibit is on display for three months for the public to view. I believe we have over 60 people involved and it’s so much fun for them to collaborate and work together. I have groups that go out weekly to hospitals, schools, coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, and parks through all different kinds of creative ways to build community and bless our city.

We also have apprenticeship groups where artisans meet weekly to build community, learn, and serve to bring Christ into their art experience and learn from one another.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My artwork, products, coaching program, webinar, E-Courses and Create Academy platform is online at Theresadedmon.com.

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