Our artists heal social divides
and ignite social change.
A L I A N A
Rekindling Black joy and healing
through mixed media
A H M A D
Advancing multicultural peace-building
A R V I N D
Bridging religious and cultural difference
through Carnatic music
B E N
Preserving Washington, DC’s heritage
through hip hop
M A Z A R E
Uplifting the sacred within each of us
through spoken word
Mobilizing movements for collective liberation
… among so many other incredible artists!
Our Co-Directors catalyze
our organizational growth.
Rev. Erik Martínez Resly
Rev. Erik (website) is a visual artist, community organizer, and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister from a mixed religious family, who grew up in Frankfurt, Germany. He brings experience as a hospital chaplain, public speaker, and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He served as a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies and has received multiple awards from Harvard University. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Divinity School.
Ahmane' is a community organizer and healing artist who uses the tools of spoken word. She has built extensive experience in community organizing through lived practice and educational training with the Urban Bush Women, The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Kingian Nonviolence Training Program, and Highlander Research and Education Center. She graduated from the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development and Loyola University New Orleans.
Our Board nurtures our
financial and institutional wellness.
Past Board Members
Chimdi Ihezie, Leadership for Educational Equity
Sarah Jencks, Ford’s Theater
Meet out founders.
Meet our interns.
We are grateful to Maryam Mir for her ongoing support and consultation on communication strategy.
The Celía Burke Award for Community Leadership
This award celebrates leaders who have made a lasting impact on The Sanctuaries. It is named after Celía Burke, who discovered our community in 2013 and quickly became an active participant, workshop host, organizational leader, and co-facilitator of the Performance Team, before leaving Washington, DC to study urban planning in 2016.
2016 Awardee: Celía Burke
2017 Awardee: Aden van Noppen
2018 Awardee: Mazaré Rogers