Discussion Questions for Zion and the Arts

Discussion questions for William Morris’s newsletter on Marden J. Clark’s essay “Zion and the Arts”

Here are the discussion questions for the eighth email in the AMV Deep Dive of Marden J. Clark’s essay collection Liberating Form.

If you haven’t signed up for the email, you can read it (and sign up to receive future ones) here: Zion and the Arts: What Will Really Matter?.

Please note that comments are moderated, and the goal is to make this a place welcome to Mormons of all stripes (as well as folks with an interest in Mormonism).

  1. Does your vision of Zion or Utopia or any sort of ideal community in this world or heaven in the afterlife involve art? Why or why not? And how central is art to how you envision that place/state?
  2. Clark acknowledges that the Mormons of his time don’t value the arts all that much. If you’re subscribed to this newsletter, you likely find some sort of value of art–whether it’s Mormon art or not–how did you come to have that mindset or habit?
  3. Clark describes the time he is living in as an “artistic ferment” (128)? Do you think we’re currently living in a time of artistic ferment? Why or why not? What needs to be add to the mix to increase the levels of fermentation and make the results of such ferment more delicious?

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