Well, I've almost finished Emerging Churches and I'm starting to wonder whether a major part of the movement might actually be a tad confused with a renaissance of the arts within the church. Not that this would be/is a bad thing - just that it would mean that with the bathwater of modernity we might want to make sure we're not also tossing out the church's athletes, mathematicians and other...such..."less artistic" folk. I'd love to find out where communities such as Athletes in Action have found themselves in the whole conversation.
And as far as art within and without the church goes, I think Daniel hits the nail on the head in this quote from a post of his over on Poasis:
"Sometimes in these discussions, especially when bemoaning the lack of broader church support or understanding of art, its easy to forget that most non-church folk aren't into art either. Many people in contemporary Western culture--a fairly substantial majority, I would say--are perfectly happy, artistically speaking, with a Van Gogh print and Journey's Greatest Hits or the latest Nickleback release on the stereo. Substitute Thomas Kincaide for Vincent and Carman for Steve Perry and you've got modern Christendom. Throw in some crappy book of rhyming inspirational poetry and the world is complete."