How this started.
The Sanctuaries was born in the neighborhoods of Washington, DC.
In 2013, after months of conversations, Rev. Erik Martínez Resly brought more than twenty neighbors together to build a new type of community that they couldn't find anywhere else.
Their vision was clear: they wanted a community that was as diverse as the city they lived in, where creative and soulful people could come together in an authentic way to collaborate on artistic projects that promoted social change. They imagined filling the city with these safe and sacred spaces — these "sanctuaries."
That was the beginning. We've grown a lot since then. But we remain committed to the bold and collaborative spirit of those early founders.
Why we exist.
Our mission is to empower people to live creative and soulful lives.
We're harnessing the power of the creative arts to transform two of the most divisive issues of our time — race and religion — into forces for personal growth and social change.
Whether we're sharing a meal or painting a mural, everything that we do involves our core values:
(1) Creativity: Be real. Express yourself.
(2) Spirituality: Focus on what matters most.
(3) Diversity: Create a world that works for all of us.
What we do.
Our Community is a place to connect with people you otherwise wouldn't meet, get inspiration for your art, express yourself creatively, and collaborate on projects that serve a higher cause.
Our Collective is a one-of-a-kind program that equips you with the support and tools you need to connect your spiritual life with your artistic practice in service of social change.