SEASIDE — A local artist is not only focusing on the importance of faith in God in the current pandemic, but is also encouraging other artists as they seek to convey hope during this challenging time.
As reported by both KGW-TV and the Seaside Signal newspaper, Dylan Milliren has set up a Facebook group called “Artists Unite” to celebrate the contributions of artists, playwrights and musicians.
“We need God’s help, now more than ever,” said Milliren.
He said the Facebook group helps show that artists are heroes during the pandemic, seeks to encourage those on the frontlines of the war against the virus, and reminds that with Jesus’s help, “the tragedy will send sooner than we think and everything will go back to normal.”
But even when some semblance of normalcy returns,”we should never forget our faith in God,” Milliren adds.
Milliren, who has autism, works mostly odd jobs on the Oregon Coast. Since the stay-at-home was issued due to the COVID-19 outbreak, he’s essentially been unable to work, but has opted instead to spread hope and joy as he draws pictures pertaining to the pandemic. Many other artists, filmmakers and writers are doing the same.
Everyone can find encouragement in tough times from artwork, poetry, songs, and other arts and aesthetics, Milliren says. He derives inspiration from George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy, who rallied troops during World War I, and James M. Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.
Milliren has created a number of faith-oriented drawings, including one of Jesus freeing people from the misery of the pandemic — accompanied by a Scripture from Jeremiah, and another showing Mary grieving over the world.
“If you want to join the cause, and even create art promoting God and also make that art to tell us that God is on our side, whether it’s a drawing, a painting, a poem, a song, etc., you can join Artists Unite on Facebook,” said Milliren.
For more information, email Milleren at firstname.lastname@example.org