The Sanctuaries | Washington, DC
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The Sanctuaries equips artists with skills in activism and organizing to make social impact in their communities.

 


Are you an artist who wants to fight for justice?
 

Our training program equips you with the skills to make art for social impact.

Over fifteen weeks, you’ll build deep friendships and collaborate with other artists of diverse backgrounds; learn about the history, techniques, and strategies of art-based activism and organizing; and gain valuable skills as an artist-in-residence with a grassroots justice campaign. You’ll also learn a lot about yourself as a person and how you can do this work in a spiritually grounded and emotionally resilient way.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to earn money facilitating a future cohort of the program, leading workshops for other organizations and youth programs, and/or working on larger projects and campaigns.

NOTE: This program is open to artists of all artforms, e.g. performance, visual, literary, etc.


Meet our 2018 Mixed Cohort

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Conrado muluc

 

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ERIN
frisby

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JOSETTE
matoto

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lashonia


thompson-El

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laWRENCE
Walker II

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MAURA
DWYER

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sALSABEEL
ABDELHAMID

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STEVE
ALFARO

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TAHIRAH ALEXANDER GREEN

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VEVE
MARLEY

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KAIRO
MILES

Facilitator

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MAZARE
ROGERS

Facilitator


Learn more about the artists.
 


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Photo credits: Nando Álvarez and Dejah Greene


Are you a Muslim artist?

Check out our Muslim cohort if you'd like to exclusively work with other Muslim artists. Otherwise, keep reading... 


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Our 2018 Mixed Cohort


What you'll learn

This training program was created by and for artists, so we focus on the most important skills you need to make social impact with your art. We don’t want to waste anyone’s time. Our three core areas of practice are:

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Roots

As artists, everything we create reflects who we are. By the end of the program, you’ll know why you care about justice; what sacred practices sustain you when things get hard; and how your identity shapes the way you do this work.

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Tools 

As artists, we have tools that others don’t. By the end of the program, you’ll be able to create high quality art with purpose and impact using a variety of art-based activism and organizing techniques to advance social change.

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Streets 

As artists, we can’t just talk, we have to take action. By the end of the program, you’ll have worked with other artists and activists to design, implement, and evaluate a large-scale project as an artist-in-residence with a grassroots justice campaign.


Current and past partners include:

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Meet our Assessors

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Luci Murphy
Vocalist, Organizer, Facilitator

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Dwayne B!
Poet, Activist, Breakdancer

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Rose Jaffe
Visual Artist, Activist, Teacher

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Manissa Maharawal, PhD.
Poet, Activist, Professor


Applications closed.

We hope to launch the next cohorts of our training program in 2019. Applications will open in late 2018.

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