written by Hollen Hostetler

Earlier this year, the newly combined OM Arts and Heart Sounds International (HSI) team announced that we were now “Inspiro Arts Alliance.” This change has been reflected on our website, in our literature, and anywhere and everywhere the names OM Arts or HSI once existed. However, you might have one simple question: What on earth does “Inspiro” mean? It is an excellent question, and one for which we thought it was high time we provided a broader answer.

Here is a visual representation of some of the common definitions for the word “inspiro.”

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During internal discussions about our name change, it became evident to all of us that we wanted our new name to not only reflect what we do but who we are as a team. The word “arts” was simple – we are an arts ministry, and it was clear this needed to be included in the name somehow. The plurality of “arts” was intentional as we embrace and incorporate all art forms. “Alliance” came about as a result of our desire to remind others and ourselves that we are a team of artists, connected by not only our similar interests but by our desire to see Christ magnified through the arts around the world. The word “inspiro,” however, was a bit trickier to come by. After its suggestion by a teammate, we all began to resonate with its deeper meanings and connections to a life of faith. “Inspiro” is a Latin word that means “breathed” or “inspired.” It can also mean “excite” or “blow upon.”

In Genesis 2:7, the author tells us, “then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” The breath of God was pivotal to mankind being alive, transforming him from inanimate dust to a human being full of activity and spirit. Just prior to this, we are told that God created human beings in His image (see Gen. 1:26-27). Considering that all we have seen of God up to this point is that He creates, it seems fitting that part of what it means to be made in God’s image is that we too are makers. In a similar fashion to God’s breathing of life into lifeless dust, artists take up their materials and turn them into something full of beauty and meaning. As Christian artists, we have the opportunity to offer up this creative gift back to our Father, asking that He use it as He sees fit to bring Him glory.

And so, “Inspiro” seemed the perfect choice for this newly integrated team. It reminded us of our origins as dust that God made alive and compelled us to create in way that reflects His own creativity. Our prayer for each of the artists with whom we have the privilege of working is that they will be yielded to the Holy Spirit in their lives, creating works that glorify our Maker and are truly inspired.