The Sanctuaries harnesses the power of the creative arts to transform two of the most divisive issues of our time -- race and religion -- into positive forces for personal growth and social transformation.
Founded in our nation's capital in 2013, The Sanctuaries is a racially and religiously diverse community of more than 140 emerging artists working across artistic media, from spoken word poetry to hip hop to screenprinting. Artists gather monthly to build lasting friendships; join Arts Teams to improve their craft and collaborate with others; and share their artistic and spiritual voices with the wider city at large events throughout the year. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and religious congregations across the city and beyond, our artists also live out their commitment to justice-making by contributing original art to social movements that would otherwise be unable to secure such support.
Currently, we're developing the first and only program of its kind that trains the next generation of spiritually-grounded creative changemakers. Our mission is to equip artists of diverse racial and religious backgrounds with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to connect their spiritual lives with their artistic practice in direct service of local justice campaigns. This past spring, we held a successful 3-month pilot, and this fall we launched our full 7-month program, after which we intend to scale the program to cities across the country.
Our pioneering work was showcased in a CBS national television special and has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and The Atlantic. To learn more and see samples of our art, visit our website.
1. Philanthropic Leadership
- Understand, articulate, and advocate the work of The Sanctuaries
- Demonstrate commitment by making a personal annual gift (Goal: 100% participation)
- Assist in resource development through the identification of potential donors, funding sources, in-kind gifts, and sponsorships
2. Guidance and Planning
- Guide the process for adopting new policies, review and monitor current policies, and ensure The Sanctuaries operates within its adopted bylaws
- Participate in short and long range planning to achieve goals
- Provide support, guidance to, and evaluation of the Lead Organizer and Artistic Director
3. Finance and Stewardship
- Approve and monitor finances, as well as authorize and approve the annual budget
- Develop realistic, achievable, and measurable financial goals
- Ensure philanthropic resources are allocated according to donor intent and in the best interest of those served by The Sanctuaries
- Serve a one-year term, eligible for reappointment
- Commit 15 hours per month to preparing for quarterly Board meetings
- Participate in quarterly online meetings and attend annual in-person Board Retreat
Board positions are not compensated and board members must agree to the organization's conflict of interest policy.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please submit (i) a letter of interest, and (ii) your resume, to firstname.lastname@example.org. While not required, you're also invited to submit something creative (e.g. blog post, song, drawing, etc).
- Financial Planning
- Grant Writing / Research
- Community Outreach
- Arts Administration
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Requirements & Commitment
- 15 hours / month