Scientology Exhibit in Celebration of the Arts
Churches of Scientology for Europe celebrate freedom of expression by hosting an exhibit of paintings, sculpture and other creative visual arts throughout April 2014 in honor of the 2nd annual World Art Day.
Works of art graced the hallways and staircases of the Brussels branch of the Churches of Scientology for Europe at Boulevard de Waterloo 100-103 this April, in a month-long tribute to creativity.
The exhibition featured the work of artists of many different cultures and heritages. It was held in celebration of the 562nd anniversary of the birth of Leonardo Da Vinci—the date designated as World Art Day by The International Association of Arts (IAA), a nongovernmental organization of visual artists established in 1954 at the initiative of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
Artistic expression is protected by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard recognized the vital role the artist plays in society. In his 1951 book Science of Survival he wrote, “The artist has an enormous role in the enhancement of today's and the creation of tomorrow's reality. He operates in a rank in advance of science as to the necessities and requirements of Man. The elevation of a culture can be measured directly by the numbers of its people working in the field of aesthetics.”
The art exhibition featured an eclectic collection of sculpture, watercolors, hand-crafted jewelry, oil paintings and photography.
The 88,000-square-foot home of the Brussels branch of Churches of Scientology for Europe was opened in January 2010 to serve its growing community of and to serve as a meeting ground of cooperative effort for the entire community to uplift citizens of all denominations.