The Sanctuaries | Washington, DC



Get trained
to use your art
for social change.

If you’re a visual or performance artist who is committed to advancing justice and healing in your community, this program will equip you with the skills and support to earn money and make a lasting impact.


Over fifteen weeks, you’ll learn new techniques and strategies in arts-based activism, community organizing, and collective healing, while collaborating with other incredible artists to work on the front lines of a justice campaign. You’ll also learn a lot about yourself as a leader and how you can sustain yourself in this work for the long haul.

Upon successful completion of this Fellowship training program, you’ll have the opportunity to become a Teaching Artist at The Sanctuaries and earn money through projects, performances, and workshops in Washington, DC, and across the country.

Applications closed for 2019.
Thanks to everyone who applied!

Meet our 2019 Fellows


Ashley "UPTOWN SHANE!" Mallory

Ashley was born and raised in Northwest Washington, DC. By uniting older and younger souls through the arts and spirituality, she embodies the essence of and calls herself the “Harriet Tubman of her generation.”

Instagram: @uptownshane
Youtube: theuptownshane


Brandon Douglas 

Brandon is a young black man native to Washington DC who uses his art selfishly and selflessly at the same time. Selfish, because he uses art to vent and explore personal issues; Selfless, because he uses art to share his knowledge and experience as a human being for others to learn from and use. He also believes that everyone has greatness to offer.

Instagram: @douglife202


Isaiah Aladejobi

Isaiah is a Nigerian American with a rich culture, background, and upbringing. As a result of this journey, the pen name "PZay The Creative" was born. PZay The Creative is the representation of both sides of his unique identity.



Rosy Sunshine Galvan

Rosy is a painter from the pre-gentrified, Lower East Side of Manhattan, now living in Maryland. In the series, "Ancestral Vessels of Feminist Resistance," she creates vibrant paintings of survival. Her color-filled goddesses explore the process of reclaiming the physical realm and thriving after acts of gender-based violence.

Instagram: @rosy.sunshine


Senna Ahmad 

Senna is an artist based in Washington, DC. Much of her work revolves around her multifaceted identities as a Pakistani-American woman.

Instagram: @sennaahmad


Unique "Juice" McKinney

Unique is a media arts visionary focused on bringing awareness to social injustice and supporting the marginalized.


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Our 2019 cohort is co-facilitated by Dania Shafei and Mazare Rogers, who bring experience in digital and community organizing and the performing arts.