Philly BIPOC Arts in Sacred Places

This year, with the support of the Wyncote Foundation, we are providing our Arts in Sacred Places training (AiSP) in Philadelphia exclusively for BIPOC artists. Working in partnership with the Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia, we are looking forward to introducing artists of color, who are looking for space, to houses of faith with space to share. We hope to initiate and encourage a productive relationship between houses of faith and artists even after these sessions. Ultimately, our AiSP program benefits our local communities by making them more vibrant and effective at being the community centers they were originally built to be.

Partners’ experience and research has shown that many urban congregations are overwhelmed with the burden of caring for surplus space. At the same time, artists who are struggling to find adequate and affordable space in which to work, may not know that the former Sunday school wing of a local church could be available for office, performance, or studio space. Partners’ Arts in Sacred Places program (AiSP) was designed to capitalize on this challenge by facilitating mutually beneficial space-sharing relationships between arts organizations without a home and the city’s houses of worship with space to spare.

How to Participate!

  1. Fill out either our artist or sacred place participation form.
  2. Attend all four online and in-person sessions
  3. Connect and share space with one another!

Want to learn more? Watch the recording of our Online Info Session from Monday, August 22nd @ 6pm. Click here to watch.

  • Session I – Mission & Vision alignment
    • ONLINE – Wednesday, 9/14 @ noon-1:30pm
  • Session II – Know Thyself – what to know about yourself & partner
    • ONLINE – Wednesday, 9/21 @ noon-1:30pm
  • Session III – Role playing & Space Re-Envisioning
    • In-Person Monday, 10/3 @ noon-2pm
  • Session IV – Legal Ins and Outs
    • ONLINE – Thursday, 10/12 @ noon-1:30pm

Our online training will cover topics including:

  • Aligning artists organization’s sacred place’s missions
  • Discussing artistic content and how that reflects the community at large
  • Discussing how to create a space sharing agreement that works for both parties
  • Reimagining the sacred place facility for use by the artistic community
  • Sacred places are community spaces and artists expand that definition.
  • Artists avoid the costs of property ownership while sacred places can earn income to maintain their buildings.
  • Sacred places are generally able to rent their spaces below market rate.

Partners is seeking BIPOC Artists and Arts Organizations in Philadelphia city limits. Individual artists, co-ops, and organizations are all free to participate in this process. Visual and Performing artists are all accepted. We recommend the artists meet these criteria:

  • Have a willingness to make a creative home within a sacred place
  • Are currently paying rent in another space or are ready to make that leap
  • Have human capacity to handle the space sharing relationship
  • Have artistic and management leadership interested in sharing space with sacred places

About Arts in Sacred Places…

The Arts in Sacred Places program (AiSP) is firmly rooted in Partners’ “active community use” portion of our mission. AiSP brings together artists and arts organizations with sacred places through a process of Mission and Vision alignment. Partners’ builds a strong foundation for the space sharing relationship so that each one sees the other as an extension and reflection of their own mission and work.

Contact for more information:

Karen DiLossi, Director of Strategic Partnerships
215-567-3234 x16

Recording of our Info Session on 8/22/22

Watch Info Session Recap Video

Artist Participation Form

Complete Artists Participation Form Here

Sacred Place Participation Form

Complete Sacred Place Participation Form Here

Our Collaborators on this Project:

Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia

Law Firm Partner:


Funding provided by:

Wyncote Foundation