The Sanctuaries | Washington, DC
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People

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Our artists heal social divides
and ignite social change.


 
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A L I A N A

Rekindling Black joy and healing
through mixed media


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A H M A D

Advancing multicultural peace-building
through calligraphy


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A R V I N D

Bridging religious and cultural difference
through Carnatic music


 
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B E N

Preserving Washington, DC’s heritage
through hip hop


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M A Z A R E

Uplifting the sacred within each of us
through spoken word


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V Y

Mobilizing movements for collective liberation
through illustration



… among so many other incredible artists!

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Our Co-Directors catalyze
our organizational growth.


 
Photo credit: Dejah Greene

Photo credit: Dejah Greene

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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.

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Ahmane’ Glover

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.


Osa Obaseki, Co-Chair

Osa brings over twelve years of community involvement in nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, including Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, and COR Health Institute. He is a hip hop lyricist, music producer, and professional web designer at Systems Integration and Development, as well as one of the founding leaders of The Sanctuaries.

Laura Gibson, Co-Chair

Laura is a Research Director at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work aims to improve the health of large numbers of people by improving public health interventions. She graduated with high honors from Dartmouth College and holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University.

Souhail Salty, Treasurer

Souhail is Co-Founder of PUP Reading, which empowers parents to build the reading skills their children need for school success. He is a former Program Manager at McKinsey & Company. He holds a BS in Finance and Management from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Gabrielle Julien-Molineaux

Gabrielle has an 18 year career in higher education administration and currently oversees graduate enrollment management at George Washington University. She holds an advanced degree from Howard University in Communication and an Ed.D from George Washington University. She is also a lifelong choral singer.

Marielle Costanza

Marielle is CEO and Head of Strategy at the Tanza Group, where she works with non-profits and small businesses to increase revenue and build new lines of business. She has also worked at Young Invincibles (YI), a progressive millennial advocacy organization that works on improving young adult access to healthcare, gainful employment, and higher education, as well as the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). She holds a BA from the University of Utah and an MA from Harvard University.

Naika Gabriel, Community Representative

Naika is a registered nurse, massage therapist, energy healer, and holistic doula, who has also worked as a Research Consultant on public health. She holds degrees in public health and international relations from the George Washington University, as well as in nursing from Johns Hopkins University.

Past Board Members

Chimdi Ihezie, Leadership for Educational Equity
Sarah Jencks, Ford’s Theater


 

Meet out founders.

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Meet our interns.

We are grateful to Maryam Mir for her ongoing support and consultation on communication strategy.


 
 
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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

 
 

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