The Arts, Job Creation, and Community Transformation in Italy

Apr 16, 2014 9:51:10 PM 0 comments

Tonight on All Things Considered, a story that demonstrates how Christians involved in the arts in the second, third, and fourth centuries were brought together with impoverished youth by The Arts and Community Transformationa visionary priest to restore both the artistic creations and prosperity of this younger generation. Christopher Livesay in his story, "Under the Streets of Naples, A Way Out for Local Kids", reports on how Don Antonio Loffredo arrived in the rough and tumble Sanita neighborhood of Naples ten years ago and "...found three levels of frescoes, chapels, and cubicles beneath the neighborhood's trash-strewn streets."

Don Loffredo began to engage the youth in their teens to help him clean out these early Christian catacombs and reveal the artistic treasures within. In the process, the youth created a thriving business that today employs forty. "Before the the full-scale makeover, roughly 5,000 visitors came per year. Now it's up to 40,000."

This is a prime example of how community transformation occurs through asset based community development. This is the missional church at its best. The outcomes in work like this move the social indicators and create good cities.The 5 minute story of community transformation combines an appreciation for the arts and job creation. Click here to listen to this compelling story.

 

Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Community Development, Emerging Leaders, Job Creation

    

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