The Sanctuaries | Washington, DC
18076676_778550288979203_2647835344273817152_o.jpg

About

ABOUT | about

Jump toPurposeValuesPeoplePartners

 

20160618_soul_slam66-2.jpg

PURPOSE

Our mission is to ignite the sacred power of the arts for social change.

The Sanctuaries is a new expression of a long lineage of artists, organizers, and visionaries who have shaped the rich culture of our nation’s capital.In 2013, twenty neighbors came together to create “sanctuaries” – sacred spaces where artists of diverse backgrounds could build trust and take collective action. We've grown a lot since then. But we remain committed to the bold spirit of those early founders.

Today, our community comprises over 150 artists working across artistic media, from creative writing to hip hop to screenprinting. Our artists gather regularly in multicultural community to build lasting friendships, support each other’s personal growth, and collaborate on artistic projects that make a social impact. We also train artists to use their artistic skills and spiritual resources to transform the systems that perpetuate injustice. Select alumni from this program facilitate workshops with other organizations to build collective capacity for lasting social change.

Together, we can transform two of the most divisive issues of our time – race and religion – into forces for social transformation.


cbs-news-logo.gif
2017-huffpost-new-logo-design.jpg
New_York_Times_logo_variation.jpg
TheAtlanticLogo.-02_36.jpg

Jump toPurposeValuesPeoplePartners


20170311_sanctuaries_diyanet15-1.jpg

VALUES

Our values guide everything we do.

1. Honor the spirit.

We seek the sacred in everything and everyone.

2. Trust the process.

We pay attention to how we do what we do.

3. Rise to your best self.

We make the ongoing choice to grow.

4. Community means commitment.

We show up for ourselves and each other.

5. We’re better together.

We embrace our similarities and our differences.


Jump toPurposeValuesPeoplePartners


12768347_556489837851917_5678279842001089737_o.jpg

PEOPLE

We're a collaborative community where leadership is shared.

ba83e666-a8fb-4c8e-a07c-45a91d844f66.jpg

Rev. Erik, Co-Director

Rev. Erik W. Martínez Resly is a visual artist, community organizer, and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. He grew up inFrankfurt, Germany, and studied at Brown University and Harvard Divinity School.

Ahmane', Co-Director

Ahmane' Glover is a community organizer and healing artist who uses the tools of spoken word. She graduated from the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development and Loyola University New Orleans.


Meet our Board.

Meet our Founders.

Meet our Interns.


Celia.jpeg

The Celía Burke Award for Community Leadership

This award celebrates leaders who have made a lasting impact on The Sanctuaries. It is named after Celía Burke, who discovered our community in 2013 and quickly became an active participant, workshop facilitator, Core Team member, and co-leader of the Performance Team, before leaving Washington, DC to study urban planning in 2016.

2016 Awardee: Celía Burke
2017 Awardee: Aden van Noppen


Jump toPurposeValuesPeoplePartners


13442509_611422965691937_7944053511093304988_o.jpg

PARTNERS

Truly, we're better together.

And we're grateful for our incredible partners in this work. More coming soon!

 

 

Jump toPurposeValuesPeoplePartners