The Awakening

The Awakening


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Created by our Multidisciplinary Arts Team

The Awakening is a declaration of human potential at a time of human struggle. This pop-up multimedia arts experience blends music, poetry, and visual art to explore issues of grief, violence, identity, beauty, and hope. Co-created and co-curated by local artists of diverse racial and religious backgrounds, it is a unique and urgent kind of protest: a fierce affirmation of solidarity and collaboration in the face of political forces that seek to divide us apart.


Street Soul

Street Soul

Aubrey Gemignani

Aubrey Gemignani


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Co-created by our Visual Arts Team, in collaboration with Street Sense

The mobile bus exhibit, Street Soul: The Human Side of Homelessness, is the result of an intensive collaboration between vendors at Street Sense, who have experienced homelessness first-hand, and artists at The Sanctuaries.

Housed within the traveling I Have a Home Here gallery space — reminiscent of the unstable, constantly-in-motion nature of homelessness — the exhibit weaves the stories of homelessness into visuals of loss, chaos, anxiety, trauma, distrust, waiting, and the ever-present threads of hope. Through this exhibit, which was divided into sections, viewers developed a deeper understanding of what it means to be homeless in this city, as well as concrete ways for them to help end homelessness in DC.

The official launch was held at Blind Whino, with support from Uni Bistro and &pizza.

The Artists at Street Sense
Sheila White
Ken Martin
Bardia Saeedi
Angie Whitehurst

 

The Artists at The Sanctuaries
Aliana Grace Bailey  
Katie Byron  
Laura Coleman
Naomi Kumar  
Sonaly Patel  
Katherine Tan


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Photography by Aubrey Gemignani

The Mixtape EP

The Mixtape EP

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Created by our Performance Team

The Mixtape is our first EP. Fifteen musicians, rappers, and poets collaborated on this 7-track record, which we have since distributed around the country.

Artistic director Osa Obaseki describes the themes of the EP with reference to each song: "The process begins with finding our footing. Becoming grounded in who we are. Acknowledging the artist within, despite external conflicts. We all want that feeling of Coming Home for the first time. We've heard the calling all our lives and now we can Hear the Sound. Perhaps it's time we acknowledge that the voice we hear could be from that higher self or higher power we believe in. What's to stop is from sharing that voice?

To the young women, be inspired to Show Your Beauty. Never let up and remember that it is only you who can give birth to a recreation of the highest creator. The gift comes with many challenges. Just know that your very existence and daily living is a form of Resistance. With love. Continue to believe in your power, it is your destiny.

To you the young men, particularly those that hold the weight of a life experience doused in hardship, be inspired to be at ease in your skin and emit the light from within. Don't duck your head keep your chin high. Don't you know you're a Child of the Sky. Until you acknowledge the fact you are adorned with the shine of a heavenly being, your struggle to find and express your true self will be endless. So often, we are asked to be like someone else. Some of us feel pressure from all around us. From society, to our closest friends and family, all the way down to our own inner voices. This journey tells us otherwise. The path we have embarked on together encourages us to break those chains and feel free in our expression. After all, we just want to be Human. Our simplest and most difficult task.

Throughout this journey, we have created that space for individual existence, as well as a space for collective coexistence. One thing that I value the most is not just being here in these spaces but also being in the midst of a Sanctuary you can see."


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Ivy City is...

Ivy City is...


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Co-created by our Screenprinting Team, in collaboration with [bc], LISC, Empower DC, and Open Studio. 

 

“Ivy City Is...” celebrated the neighborhood’s rich heritage and fostered a dialogue about Ivy City’s identity in the face of rapid development and demographic change.

It was a collaborative, resident and artist-led creative project that culminated in the creation of a three-dimensional, 5 foot by 20 foot screenprinted plywood installation, spelling out “IVY CITY”.  Each letter of the neighborhood’s name was crafted using a collage of historic photos, maps, and portraits of residents who customized individual yard signs declaring what Ivy City means to them.


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