Creating Spaces: Performing Arts in Sacred Places - Part 2


 About this Webinar

Artists have been creating out of and incubated by sacred places (churches, synagogues, temples, etc) for a long time. However, so much of art in sacred places is based on the chance encounter, a congregant or clergy leader who happens to love art and wants it in their space or any number of other non-linear ways. Partners for Sacred Places has figured out how to put the two together in a purposeful and meaningful manner. Internal conversations and external transparency and more are key to a successful partnership between the two.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about what internal conversations need to be had before space sharing
  • How are artist and sacred place space sharing relationships unique
  • How do these relationships transcend the typical model of landlord/tenant and how can they do more than that model

Check out part one of this two-part webinar: 

Karen DiLossi

Director, Making Homes for the Arts in Sacred Places, Partners for Sacred Places

Karen DiLossi earned her degrees from Washington College and Villanova University. Karen has worked professionally in theatre since 2000 both onstage and off and has achieved particular success as stage manager, director, and producer. As a director, she has tackled classics (Tartuffe & Twelfth Night) and contemporary pieces (Jump/Cut, Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead) as well many original new works as Co-Artistic Director for Madhouse Theater Company. She was the Program Director for the Theatre Alliance for 8 years where she produced the Barrymore Awards many times and directed them herself twice. As Director of Arts in Sacred Places, she has built and brought to a national stage a program that connects artists and congregations and also engages multiple civic, nonprofit, and funder stakeholders. Over the past eight years, she has expanded this originally Philadelphia-based program into Chicago, Austin, and Baltimore. Starting in the summer of 2019, Karen will begin piloting the program in New York City. Karen also led the research report Creating Spaces which elevated the artist space crisis conversation nationwide and in the Spring of 2016 opened The Philadelphia Design Center, the first of its kind in the country. Just this May (2019), she produced Grounds that Shout! (and others merely shaking) a series of performances curated by Reggie Wilson (Fist and Heel Performance Group) where the artists performatively respond to religious spaces, with a focus on the history of the black and POC religious experience in Philadelphia and the United States.


Twitter: @sacred_places  

Partners' website link to Arts in Sacred Places:

Partners' Arts in Sacred Places Grounds that Shout project:

Partners' Arts in Sacred Places Creating Spaces report:

Partners' Arts in Sacred Places Philadelphia Design Center project:


Creating Spaces: Performing Arts in Sacred Places - Part 2 Webinar
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