Greetings from YWAM Nuremberg in Germany! In our last News Flash we shared about our new School of Photography Masterclass and within one week we are thrilled to have already received 7 applications! With this News Flash, we would like to share about the Fine Art and Photography Gallery thatwe as YWAM Nuremberg are starting, which is part of the “Wonderland Creative Studios.”
Let me explain quickly and give you the full picture. As you probably know, we all started out as staff of YWAM in Herrnhut with a vision to plant “Wonderland Creative Studios” in Nuremberg. We are a collective of artists and missionaries who believe that the Arts are a powerful language to reach the young globalized generation with the Gospel. We seek to be a discipleship community with the vision and passion for the most needy parts of the world to be reached with the Love of Jesus.
“Wonderland Creative Studios” is a creative and innovative melting pot and a YWAM base. We don’t know yet how every little detail is going to look, but we believe that God is leading us into a new way of world missions. That excites us! Pushing us forward. We don’t want to copy any existingmodels ofhow aYWAM base runs – or to be a carbon copy of our base in Herrnhut– but rather, we desire to seek God’s guidance in every details. God is always creating and doing new things… and this is what is happening in Nuremberg!
As we speak, our Wonderland Creative Studios location is in the process of being renovated. Naturally, we will have office spaces; we need an accounting office, dts office, etc. At the heart of YWAM Nuremberg are the studios we are building in: a quality, professional photo studio, a fine art studio, and music studio. As you walk into our 600sqm storefront, you will enter a coffee shop and venue for concerts. If you turn your eyes to the left, you will see a beautiful top-notch art gallery with exhibitions from well-established artists. The Gallery will have a permanent showroom of Jan C. Schlegel’s photography, as well as a place reserved for young up and coming artists.
We aspire to run the Gallery in a highly professional manner and we are now looking for YWAMers that want to be part of this ministry. In order to run it well we will need a dedicated team of 6 people running it. The same goes for the Coffee Shop. We just purchased an amazing Espresso Machine, and we desire to serve some of the best coffee in town. We hope that the space will as well host small concerts – we’re so excited to see our Band “Liz and the Lions” play one of our very first concerts there.
As I write this, I can see it in front of me happening! This place, this community, this collective of Artists and amazing people, has the potential to become THE place of Nuremberg where creative people will like to hang out and engage. We will speak a common language - we will share life through creativity. Can you see it too? And now imagine you being part of it! We need people – staff who are willing to give everything to create this place and to see this God-given dream become reality.
The other way you can be involved is, of course, supporting us financially. We’ve been so blessed to be able to start renovating the gallery space without fundraising, and the same with the studios and offices. The company we’ve hired expects this foundational phase of renovations to be completed by the end of February. But then we need equipment such as frames, good lights, tables, chairs, easels, and much, much more before we can open Wonderland to the public.
To support that project financially follow this link http://ywamnuremberg.com/donate/. For wire transfers use the bank information at the bottom of the email. Your help is vital!
We are planning the inaugural exhibition in our Gallery for the beginning of April latest. It will feature the pictures of our own Jan C. Schlegel (www.jan-schlegel.com) which have found worldwide recognition. This will be the official opening of the “Wonderland Creative Studios!” You, of course, are invited, and as soon as we know more details we will send you a proper invitation.
Thanksfor reading and so long for now.