From The Top Arts (est. 1992) is a registered, Christian charity that seeks to Educate, Exalt and Encourage through physical and visual arts.
educate - exalt - encourage
From The Top specializes primarily in the performance and instruction of Musical Sign, Mime, Drama and Worship Flags. Instruction is available in Physical Theatre, Dramatic Readings, Readers Theatre, Spoken Word, and more. Kev W Wood and the members of the troupe From The Top enjoy serving in this unique, needed 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, events and programs beyond, and complementary to, spoken word and music in a way that connects holistically with those present.
Kev and/or From The Top are booked to minister through Musical Sign and/or Mime in worship services, conferences, events, and more. Apart from considering booking requests for any date, bookings requests are now being accepted for 2023 and 2024 services and events (including weekend worship services, special services, conferences, banquets, musicals, and more).
Kev and his wife Becky have led and taught Q2Q Arts Night at Riverwood Church Community in Winnipeg. Q2Q Arts Night is a weekly training and rehearsal evening where members of the physical arts small group ‘Keneesis’, of Riverwood, have the opportunity to learn and practice such areas of the physical arts as Musical Sign, Mime, Drama and Worship Flags. Music Sign is the signing of songs. It is based on sign language but no previous knowledge of sign language is needed. There are two age groups: ’12 and Older’ – including adults, and ‘Under 12’ – Grades 1-6. They are held Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm at Riverwood's site 'The Shed' (at 'The Warehouse'), 270 Gordon Avenue, Winnipeg. Please see the 'Q2Q Arts Training' page here for more details. If you are interested please let us know through our 'Contact Us' form here on our website. Members can join and start at any time. Members, if wanted, may have opportunities to minister through the physical arts with Keneesis at various Riverwood services, events and programs. Ministry outside of Riverwood's programs is done on behalf of From The Top Arts.
Here you can also follow Kev's blog - 'The Restless Artist' - where he shares his reflections on the arts. Kev shares his reflections from 39 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 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 Kev's] and empty. Life lacks fullness. Something buried deep within longs to emerge.'
What people are saying about the ministry of From The Top:
"You have a real gift. Thank you for using it to spread God’s abounding love to His people.
"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
"Way beyond awesome"
"Powerful and beautiful" - Worship Leader