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Sacred Spaces as Arts Facilities: A new solution for creative and faith-based communities
Access the Recording (60 Minutes)

Featured Speaker
Karen DiLossi, Director of Making Homes for the Arts in Sacred Places, Partners for Sacred Places, Philadelphia

Pru Robey, Vice President and Director, Creative Placemaking Lab, Artscape, Toronto

Live Webinar Description

Many faith-based communities are facing challenges related to the underuse of their buildings and spaces, despite these spaces often having meaningful history and architectural presence. Arts-based groups seek affordable, flexible spaces they can use to develop creative activities and programs. With her wealth of experience in working with groups to sustainably reinvent faith-based spaces, Karen DiLossi offers solutions on both sides of this equation.

This webinar will provide insight and ideas about how to make new operating models involving the arts in faith-based spaces work. 

You Will Learn

  • How faith buildings can be used by the creative community
  • Benefits to artists and creative practitioners, congregations and the wider community from opening faith-based spaces to new, creative uses
  • Ideas for sharing faith-based spaces
  • Concerns and considerations around selling or redeveloping faith-based buildings
  • Tools for building partnerships between congregations and creative users

About the Speakers

Karen DiLossi
Karen DiLossi earned her BA in History and Drama from Washington College and her MA in Theatre from Villanova University.  Karen has worked professionally in theatre since 2000 both onstage and off.  Some of the companies she has worked for The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, 1812 Productions, and Theatre Exile to name a few. She has achieved success as a stage manager, director, and producer.  One of her last times onstage was as Brooke/Vicki in Noises Off.  As a director, she has tackled Tartuffe, Twelfth Night, Jump/Cut, Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead, and many original works as Co- Artistic Director for Madhouse Theater Company. She was the Director of Programs & Services for the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia for 8 years. During her tenure, she produced the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre many times and directed them herself twice. She has taught acting at West Chester University and was the stage management consultant at Villanova Theatre for 8 years. 

As the first National Director of Arts in Sacred Places, Karen has created a series of systems for Partners to follow whenever matching a congregation with a performing arts institution. By surveying artists' needs and congregations' capacities, she developed a training model and manual of best practices on long-term leases for arts organizations to thrive within the walls of congregations. The goal is to generate income to the congregation and stability to the arts organization while building new relationships benefitting many local communities.  This program has had great success particularly in Philadelphia and Chicago and has garnered the attention of national funders: National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to name a few.  Impact, particularly on a local level, means tremendous economic, cultural and community potential improvements. 

Visit Partners for Sacred Places online at sacredplaces.org
Pru Robey
Pru Robey is a passionate advocate for the transformative impact the arts and culture have on the lives of individuals and communities. Throughout her career, the development of innovative, multi-sector approaches to support cultural sector development, creative economy activation and sustainable urban regeneration has been a centerpiece of her work. Pru has over 30 years of experience as a consultant, researcher, manager, promoter and funder in the arts, culture and creative industries in Canada and the UK. As Vice President and Creative Placemaking Lab Director at Toronto-based Artscape, Pru takes the lead in new project research and development and on major research initiatives; directs a suite of programs and services designed to build the capacity of communities internationally to undertake creative placemaking; and advises communities internationally on strategies to support city-building through the arts. She designed and teaches Canada’s only undergraduate course in Creative Placemaking for the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council. 

Visit Artscape online at artscapediy.org and artscape.ca

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