Isaac’s Quarterly (IQ) is a socially concerned faith-based company founded by multimedia visual artist Pastor Isaac Scott to provide culturally representative aesthetics.
IQ’s mission is to center the principles of God by fostering the transformative power of strategic arts engagement at every level from research and education to exhibition and performance. We use visual arts, graphic design, and popular media to promote spiritual wellness, artistic literacy, and responsible messaging. Pastor Isaac founded IQ on the belief that art is at the forefront of social change. We are committed to helping artists use each form of art to advocate for the advancement of equal human rights. IQ’s primary goal is to provide advantageous resources to artists abroad. We use the word or God, arts & media, and aesthetic literacy to educate, empower, and enable all people to lead successful and purposeful lives. IQ believes in supporting entrepreneurial strength amongst artists, ensuring that new and aspiring artists gain a degree of self-sustainability within their practice.
IQ’s work is guided by the question: why does the general public legitimize and/or ignore the inhumane treatment of people who are vulnerable to the carceral system? One potential factor is the social stigma associated with people who live in impoverished conditions. We believe that stigmas influence the general public’s dehumanizing perspectives of people in prison and there needs to be a visual paradigm shift in the public narrative about people who experience incarceration. One that restores humanity, individuality, and extends compassion to each stigmatized person.
HOW WE ARE ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM
Art is at the forefront of change. The process begins when we imagine a new world, one that is devoid of stigma and inequality. Resourceful artistic creativity within social change is one of the most influential and sometimes overlooked methods of problem solving. When rational lived experiences are not enough to change people's minds, attitudes, and behavior, art and popular culture have the potential to touch people on deeper levels of consciousness.