From The Top Arts (est. 1992) is a registered, Christian charity that seeks to Encourage, Exalt and Educate through physical and visual arts. From The Top specializes primarily in Musical Sign and Mime. Other areas of artistic ministry include Drama/Dramatic Readings/Readers Theatre, Physical Theatre, Dance, Music, Video, and more. Kev W Wood and the members of the troupe From The Top enjoy serving in this unique, needed and popular ministry.
Part of the ministry of From The Top is Kev facilitating churches learning more about a variety of creative options that can be added to their worship services beyond, and complementary to, spoken word and music in a way that connects holistically with those present.
Kev and/or From The Top are often booked to minister through Musical Sign and Mime in worship services, conferences, events, and more. Apart from considering booking requests for any date, bookings requests are now being accepted for 2017 and 2018 services and events (including special services, musicals, banquets, and more).
Here you can also follow Kev’s blog – ‘The Restless Artist’ – where he shares his reflections on the arts. Kev shares his reflections from 30 years of training and experience in the arts and with what he is interacting now. This includes what Kev is reading, researching, watching, interactions with people, or other experiences. Posts are written with the objective of not taking more than 1-2 minutes to read.
Kev writes, “I recently read the following words by Janice Elsheimer in her book The Creative Call: ‘Our gifts are not from God to us, but from God through us to the world. When we fail to use these gifts, we suffer the same way a person accustomed to regular physical activity may feel pent up, out of sorts, and off-balance after going for several days without exercise. When we try to live without exercising our artistic gifts we may feel RESTLESS [emphasis mine] and empty. Life lacks fullness. Something buried deep within longs to emerge.’ A significant part of the strength and power of the ministry of From The Top over the past 25 years, by God’s enabling, has been our highlighting of stories and themes from the Bible in an artistic way – through sight and sound. To complement my ministry and leadership with From The Top I have read the Bible chronologically. Now, from September 2017 until June 2018 I’m going to be working through the recent book The Story by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee (link: http://www.thestory.com/what-is-the-story/). The Story is the story of the Bible, God’s great love affair with humanity condensed into 31 chapters bringing together the stories, poems and teaching of the Bible. I’m embracing this opportunity for study, reflection, growth and service, and artistic expression. As the President and Artistic Director of From The Top Arts, I want to invite any of you who are interested to join me on this creative journey. I’ll be posting my responses as an artist to this book as I read through it, and Scripture. I invite you to write with your responses – in text or via whichever artistic medium you create. Please let me know if you would like your responses shared here on my blog The Restless Artist. More details to come in the next few weeks.” (‘The Story’ can be purchased off Amazon for under $18 [Kindle for $15]).
What people are saying about Kev’s Ontario Tour 2017 (Feb. 21-27):
- “You have a real gift. Thank you for using it to spread God’s abounding love to His people.” – School Principal
- “Way beyond awesome!” – Student
- “I highly recommend Kev W Wood of From The Top Arts. Students from JK through Grade 8 were engaged in the message that Kev gave and the way it was performed.” – School Principal
- “I am so glad we were able to have you at our school. I have heard nothing but positive comments from students and staff about what a blessing this morning was.” – School Principal
- “Powerful and beautiful” – Worship Leader