Art Sanctuary is dedicated to bringing Philadelphians together through the unique community-building power of black art. We celebrate diversity passionately, understanding the unparalleled strength we gain by embracing our cultural differences.
We use this strength to provide opportunities where they do not yet exist; when Philadelphia schools are underfunded and inner city neighborhoods underserved, Art Sanctuary sees possibilities and works to bring them to life through the transformative influence of black art in the community.
Art Sanctuary is just that; we’ve worked tirelessly to build a safe place for creative expression and development of not just the community, but the self. We believe this sanctuary transcends physical space, and that the idea of “home” is one we carry with us. Home is a place that is welcome to all, and shaped by the relationships which inspire us.
Art Sanctuary uses the power of black art to transform individuals, create and build community and foster cultural understanding.
Art Sanctuary believes art connects people.
Art Sanctuary is committed to the value of the inner city.
Art Sanctuary is committed to preserving black art.
Art Sanctuary is a catalyst for transformative experiences through black art.
Art Sanctuary is fortunate to hold a lease on the building that has its own proud history. During the 1920s, former owners George Edward and Addie Dickerson used it as a headquarters to amass real estate, and for political, social, and civic meetings.
Art Sanctuary, founded in North Philadelphia, was founded with the purpose of using the power of black art to transform individuals, unite groups of people, and enrich, and draw inspiration from the inner city.
“I founded this organization in 1998 because art has been my sanctuary and sanctuary must be shared; and because arts excellence rises out of the inner city, and ought to cycle through it. We need our artists, thinkers, prophets, and seers. Their presence among us heals—like using our own blood for a transfusion of wisdom and hope. To create a sanctuary for art, we use the best business we can put into practice—and then, with help from partners, funders, and friends, seek to improve every year.”
~ Art Sanctuary Founder, Lorene Cary