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The Soul Sanctuary Cultural Expansion Fund

$617 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 5 months

As the VibeMistress for Soul Sanctuary, I am thrilled to announce the launch of our first-ever official fundraising campaign, as we press forward from our 17th Anniversary and build on some amazing accomplishments we've achieved, particularly in the past year.

Our official website, www.Soul-Sanctuary.net, tells a more comprehensive tale of how we first opened our doors as a Philadelphia performance venue back on April 10, 2002 and how our nonprofit has evolved and withstood adversity to continue to serve as a champion for all things urban and cultural. Our Soul Sanctuary Radio podcast series has eclipsed 4 million (yes, you read that correctly) downloads, and with some of the funds raised through this campaign, we will be launching several new talk programs on subjects that our audience (The Congregation) has asked us to explore: genealogy research, LGBTQ activism and historical homage. Here is a link to our iTunes page: click here 

Our first curatorial exhibit, PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY, debuted at Philadelphia's Slought Foundation in June 2018 and drew accolades from far and wide. A smaller version of the initial show was installed at the African American Museum in Philadelphia through April 1, on Penn's campus at The ARCH during that same period, and we are looking for even more opportunities to bring the images and the purpose to a larger national and international audience. On April 24, we dedicated a permanent installation at Slought titled Moments Within the Movement, centered around social justice issues, also featuring the amazing work of Baltimore's Devin Allen. You can read more about that at www.PhilaJustice.org. Below is a summary video of the installation and opening night reception.


As you can see from our intro clip, we also look to interview and film live concert footage of artists who help to define soul music and provide thoughtful songwriting and performance. This archival work can be time-consuming and resource-dependent, so your donations will also keep gas in our cars, help us to update equipment, and provide quality access to the true keepers of the culture for viewers and listeners all around the world. From book signing Q&As with authors like Kevin Powell to backstage conversations with performers like Mint Condition, Lalah Hathaway, and Van Hunt, we value the voice and work ethic of artists who resist genre and challenge us to listen with open ears. Below is a clip of a live performance by master percussionist Sheila E at Philadelphia's Penn's Landing.


All of these clips illustrate just a small portion of Soul Sanctuary's mission. While we would be pleased to increase our podcast listenership or YouTube views, what we really hope to achieve is an extensive archive of soulful expression. Audio, video, still images and any other way we can capture the beauty and sincerity of those who are committed to producing high-caliber artistry.

With both The Godfather and The Queen of Soul now on to their earthly rest, we need a dedicated, willing group of supporters to help us ensure that soulful culture is never thought of in the past tense. Soul is alive and well, in the hearts of those who understand the eternal spiritual connection to artistry and those who strive to bring it closer to us with every project they release into The Universe.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in enhancing our mission and bringing cultural goodness to your fingertips, today and every day.

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The day has finally arrived! Join me in celebrating the launch of Soul Sanctuary Radio's newest program, COMMUNION, a talk show format co-hosted by yours truly and Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart that provides an open forum for discussions about race, gender, sexuality, faith and activism. Available now on iTunes, Mixcloud and the Soul Sanctuary Radio podcast feed. Listen, give us feedback and add this content to your Must Listen list! https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HjScFzWG
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Forgive the double post today, but YouTube pinged the original video file because of the India.Arie video clip, so we've re-edited it to take that out. Here's the content we wanted you to see, minus anything that makes the copyright folks twitchy.
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So happy to receive this clip from the early days of Soul Sanctuary! This is a beautiful reminder of the vision I set out for the role that Soul Sanctuary should play in tourism and cultural preservation in Philadelphia, but also the larger goal of encouraging the next generation of creative expression. Your donations continue to support this objective.
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Summer has officially arrived, but we're keeping very busy at Soul Sanctuary. Through the end of July, we have a visiting artivist from Namibia as a mentor, teaching him about the nonprofit landscape in Philadelphia and how creatives are using their talents to address social justice issues. We also did a Juneteenth presentation for The Fitler Club, speaking about the fine print on freedom for people of African Descent. Much more is coming soon, so please help us share the news and drum up more financial support for our endeavors.
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