ANTHOLOGY is our ongoing portrait series:
We're documenting the people whose projects + plans make THIS CITY #aCreativeDC.

This ANTHOLOGY feature is our seventh, and was produced by The Sanctuaries:
a soulful arts collective empowering people of diverse backgrounds to claim their voice,
build their spirit, and collaborate on artistic projects that promote social change.
To learn more about The Sanctuaries, visit online at TheSanctuaries.org, and follow on social:
@thesanctuaries | facebook.com/SanctuariesDC

ANTHOLOGY x The Sanctuaries Collective was photographed by Dejah Greene | @greeneuphorias

left to right: Jeremy Darby, Rev. Erik Resly, Nadia El-Khatib, Aliana Grace Bailey, and Osa.

left to right: Jeremy Darby, Rev. Erik Resly, Nadia El-Khatib, Aliana Grace Bailey, and Osa.

Aliana Grace Bailey: Mixed Media Artist & Designer I'm a DC native creative and social good doer; thriving off of color, pattern, typography, and emotion.     What's inspiring you lately? Exploration of my identity. Change. Evolution. Holding and cherishing moments. Tension, fear, and division among our differences. Unity, passion, and love among our differences. alianagracebailey.com | IG @alianagrace

Aliana Grace Bailey: Mixed Media Artist & Designer
I'm a DC native creative and social good doer; thriving off of color, pattern, typography, and emotion.    

What's inspiring you lately?
Exploration of my identity. Change. Evolution. Holding and cherishing moments. Tension, fear, and division among our differences. Unity, passion, and love among our differences.

alianagracebailey.com | IG @alianagrace

Dejah Greene: Photographer Dejah Greene is a semi-self-taught photographer from Maryland that appreciates finding the beauty in simplicity. What's inspiring you lately? Social justice. dejahgreene.weebly.com | IG @greeneuphorias     

Dejah Greene: Photographer
Dejah Greene is a semi-self-taught photographer from Maryland that appreciates finding the beauty in simplicity.

What's inspiring you lately?
Social justice.

dejahgreene.weebly.com | IG @greeneuphorias     

Jeremy Darby: Illustrator 1st, Graphic Designer 2nd I am a Black South Carolinian transplant, Charleston to be exact, who illustrates the beauty of singing women, the themes of social justice, and the characters & scenes for comic fiction/futurism with a creative mind that's always racing. What's inspiring you lately? A Seat at the Table. SOULECTION Radio. The facilitators, founders and my Art Collective peers at Sanctuaries. Art & literature of AfroFuturism. Old Anime and Up-and-coming comic books. My Tumblr feed. #WeWillNotBreak www.artifexjay.com | IG @artifexjay | Tw @artifexjay facebook.com/artifexjay | behance.com/artifexjay 

Jeremy Darby: Illustrator 1st, Graphic Designer 2nd
I am a Black South Carolinian transplant, Charleston to be exact, who illustrates the beauty of singing women, the themes of social justice, and the characters & scenes for comic fiction/futurism with a creative mind that's always racing.

What's inspiring you lately?
A Seat at the Table. SOULECTION Radio. The facilitators, founders and my Art Collective peers at Sanctuaries. Art & literature of AfroFuturism. Old Anime and Up-and-coming comic books. My Tumblr feed. #WeWillNotBreak

www.artifexjay.com | IG @artifexjay | Tw @artifexjay
facebook.com/artifexjay | behance.com/artifexjay 

Jojo Donovan: Poet, Space Creator Jojo Donovan is a non-binary poet/facilitator(/witch) whose work creates space for intimacy, healing, and radical dreaming.      What's inspiring you lately? Pleasure Activism - the idea that our work for justice and liberation can be fueled by our capacity to feel good. The world hurts right now. Carving out space to honor our bodies and connect to our joy is necessary to finding a way forward. Please, please read Audre Lorde's "The Uses of the Erotic" and "the return of the pleasure activist" by adrienne maree brown.          IG @gibbous_waning

Jojo Donovan: Poet, Space Creator
Jojo Donovan is a non-binary poet/facilitator(/witch) whose work creates space for intimacy, healing, and radical dreaming.     

What's inspiring you lately?
Pleasure Activism - the idea that our work for justice and liberation can be fueled by our capacity to feel good. The world hurts right now. Carving out space to honor our bodies and connect to our joy is necessary to finding a way forward. Please, please read Audre Lorde's "The Uses of the Erotic" and "the return of the pleasure activist" by adrienne maree brown.         

IG @gibbous_waning

Nouf Bazaz: Painter, poet, builder. Nouf paints, writes and builds from everything around and within her. What's inspiring you lately?  Changing seasons. IG @noufbazaz    

Nouf Bazaz: Painter, poet, builder.
Nouf paints, writes and builds from everything around and within her.

What's inspiring you lately? 
Changing seasons.

IG @noufbazaz    

Maya Rogers: Musician, Love Vessel, Lightworker Maya's here to spread love and healing through the medium of sound. What's inspiring you lately? The desire to create, make decisions, live from a place of love... not fear. IG @mayadream | facebook.com/mayarogersmusic

Maya Rogers: Musician, Love Vessel, Lightworker
Maya's here to spread love and healing through the medium of sound.

What's inspiring you lately?
The desire to create, make decisions, live from a place of love... not fear.

IG @mayadream | facebook.com/mayarogersmusic

Rev. Erik Martinez Resly: Artist and Community Organizer Rev. Erik is the Lead Organizer of The Sanctuaries, a racially and spiritually diverse arts community committed to social change. What's inspiring you lately? The Hebrew prophets who understood the importance of imagination in times of oppression and resistance. thesanctuaries.org | IG @sanctuariesdc    

Rev. Erik Martinez Resly: Artist and Community Organizer
Rev. Erik is the Lead Organizer of The Sanctuaries, a racially and spiritually diverse arts community committed to social change.

What's inspiring you lately?
The Hebrew prophets who understood the importance of imagination in times of oppression and resistance.

thesanctuaries.org | IG @sanctuariesdc    

Naomi C. Kumar: Paintress, Creator, Mixed-Media Artist     I'm a self-taught, lifelong artist, inspired by the universe, the divine feminine, and the struggles and beauty i see in the world around me. What's inspiring you lately? Women, as always. The results of this election. My passion to change the course of the future for the better. IG @naomichandelart    

Naomi C. Kumar: Paintress, Creator, Mixed-Media Artist    
I'm a self-taught, lifelong artist, inspired by the universe, the divine feminine, and the struggles and beauty i see in the world around me.

What's inspiring you lately?
Women, as always. The results of this election. My passion to change the course of the future for the better.

IG @naomichandelart    

Kenneth Gonzales: Poet, Playwright, Radical Lover I build a world inspired by the movements of words against blank pages. What's inspiring you lately?  My yoga practice is inspiring me because it is allowing my spiritual, physical, and artistic selves to merge. thesanctuaries.org/collective-artists/kenneth | IG @ken_gonzo | Tw @ken_gonzo    

Kenneth Gonzales: Poet, Playwright, Radical Lover
I build a world inspired by the movements of words against blank pages.

What's inspiring you lately? 
My yoga practice is inspiring me because it is allowing my spiritual, physical, and artistic selves to merge.

thesanctuaries.org/collective-artists/kenneth | IG @ken_gonzo | Tw @ken_gonzo    

Osa: Lyricist Web-Developer Producer     I'm not a Christian but I want to be like Jesus Christ.     What's inspiring you lately? The passion of the people.      www.osathehealer.com | IG @osathehealer

Osa: Lyricist Web-Developer Producer    
I'm not a Christian but I want to be like Jesus Christ.    

What's inspiring you lately?
The passion of the people.
    
www.osathehealer.com | IG @osathehealer

Nadia El-Khatib: Artist, Art Teacher, Beauty Seeker     Tea|Music|Nature|Art|Adventure • Often found #somewherenearwater     What's inspiring you lately? Most recently, Autumn's colors      IG @nadiaseyes | facebook.com/NadiyaKPhotography

Nadia El-Khatib: Artist, Art Teacher, Beauty Seeker    
Tea|Music|Nature|Art|Adventure • Often found #somewherenearwater    

What's inspiring you lately?
Most recently, Autumn's colors     

IG @nadiaseyes | facebook.com/NadiyaKPhotography

left to right: Jojo, Jeremy, Nouf, Ken, Osa, Dejah, Nadia, Aliana, Maya, Naomi

left to right: Jojo, Jeremy, Nouf, Ken, Osa, Dejah, Nadia, Aliana, Maya, Naomi