Come. Create. Celebrate.
St. Francis’s vision of nature and creation affected early Renaissance artists who began incorporating scenes of the natural world into their work. The friars of our Province have a long history of celebrating and honoring the arts. We believe in the importance of art for our communities.
The campus at Mount Saint Francis, in Indiana, provides studio/gallery spaces and outdoor natural areas that lead to spiritual and creative encounters for people of all ages. At Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park, NM, the annual Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts is eagerly awaited by artists and art enthusiasts. The Franciscan Arts Initiative ensures that beauty and spirit brought to life through art continues to be honored and celebrated.
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Music at the Mount
For several years, annual Music at the Mount events have provided diverse outdoor music gatherings open to the community. As a fundraising event for the Mount St. Francis Center for Spirituality, Music at the Mount concerts feature well-known musicians and food, amidst beautiful surroundings. The Franciscan Arts Initiative continues to grow the commitment to and appreciation of music as art through summer/fall Music at the Mount outdoor events and through indoor music classes, choral recitals, and smaller, more intimate concerts.
Cultivate – Art, Music, and Nature Festival
We celebrated the first annual Cultivate: Art, Music and Nature Festival at Mount St. Francis, Indiana, on October 23, 2021! This regional event explores the relationship between nature, music, and the arts and how we can become more sustainable in our everyday lives. At Cultivate, we want to provide a sampling of how art and nature are intertwined, both important for bringing everyone together through a common appreciation and love for the planet and creative endeavors. We want to recognize each other as brothers and sisters, all of us responsible for “cultivating” awareness of how art and nature can provide hope and inspire positive change.