by Cynthia Hellman
Anyone who has spent any time poking around on our website or attended a single show can probably recite our Vision. To Glorify God Through the Arts has been a pinnacle statement of MoezArt’s since its inception. It is oft-repeated in the classroom, board room, and everywhere in between.
But do you know our Mission Statement? How about our Core Values?
No? Well, we’re going to dive into those over the next several weeks. We tackled our Mission Statement a while back. Let’s dive into our Core Values. MoezArt has seven Core Values. These seven Core Values capture the culture and ethos of this organization.
We are a Christ-Honoring, Community-Minded, Personal, Positive, Collaborative, Quality, and Creative organization.
We are Christ-Honoring. (excerpt from this blog)
In all that we do, from the board of directors to the CEO, to the staff, to the classroom, to our community theatre, to our cast parties and beyond, the Lord is our why and He anchors all that we do. It’s so much more than prayer and a quick devotion at the beginning of class. Through the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we seek to minister to the students throughout the semester, modeling Christ-like living as we go.
We seek His guidance on who to recruit, how to handle tough decisions, and what shows we will consider (and which ones we can’t do even if we adore certain elements of the script). Our convictions are evident in how we costume and even in our decision to provide complimentary tickets for parents to see their kiddos perform.
It has been said of MoezArt shows that there is something “different” about us. We know it’s the irresistible aroma of Christ because He is our reason. At the end of the day, our heart’s desire is to, “See Christ more clearly, love Him more dearly, and follow Him more nearly.”1
We are Community-Minded
Our desire is to be a light in our own communities. We want to flood the greater Phoenix area with beautiful, valuable, thought-provoking, godly art. We don’t want to keep it to ourselves and be as a lamp’s light extinguished under a basket. Rather, may it be said of us that our light shines in order for our communities to notice our actions and give glory to God.2
Not only do we desire to be a light in our communities, but we also value the community within MoezArt. If you were to ask students what the best part of MoezArt is, most of them would probably cite the friendships as the number one reason they love theatre. Yes, we love the rehearsals and performances, but it’s because we love the people we’re with. The shared struggle, joy, sleep deprivation, and agony draw us into a tight-knit community.
We have witnessed first-hand the impact our community has on its individuals. Check out this video from a recent grant we received from a nomination within our own community!
Lastly, I want to tell you about a student in one of our youth classes. We’ll call him…Fred. Fred’s a good, solid alias. Fred is a gifted athlete. He’s also passionate about theatre and does a fantastic job on the stage. Fred’s parents contacted his director, disappointed that his sport might prohibit him from being involved in theatre this semester. The director and parents brainstormed for a while before they came to a wonderful conclusion: Fred would attend classes and forgo a spoken part in the play in case he can’t commit to the show. The community meant more than the show. Fred shows up, works hard, and is a testimony to the power of community. Fred isn’t alone either. Numerous graduates keep showing up, volunteering, supporting, and directing. Students who find themselves with schedule conflicts find ways to be involved behind the scenes. It ain’t for the paychecks, my friends.
MoezArt is Community-Minded. And it shows.
1 Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1197-1253
2 Matthew 5:14-16