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supporting art on the edges

A Note About COVID-19: Our mission as a non-profit supports the arts, and specifically arts that rely on social togethering. We are attuned to the loss of income that many are experiencing in real ways. Culture, and the arts, are the first category to be defunded in times of social collapse. At the same time, it is artists and cultural creatives who can help us move through such times with different eyes, bringing new life to old ways of thinking and being. If you're in a position to help support those we are connected with who rely on performing as income, please navigate to our donate page to extend a tax-deductible gift. With our gratitude and prayers for wellness and thriving.

Our Mission
Transforming culture through the arts
Collaborating with edgewalkers 

"Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution -- more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to.” 

Lisa Cron, Wired for Story

What We Do

Present creative workshops, key note addresses, sermons, and other engagements from seasoned speakers and artists, as well as new voices, focused on the importance of the arts, including theater, comedy, music and movement, to educate and inspire human creativity.


Provide a place of belonging and empowerment to support stories the world needs to hear from those walking the edges of dominant culture regarding race, gender, age, or faith tradition. We also seek to develop collaborative creative projects for the healing and wholing of society.


Create the capacity to support the arts, and live theater in particular, in a time of cultural upheaval, when the arts are most needed to question the status quo and shine light on what is emerging. Any community who wants to bring a play to their region ought to be able to do so.


Featured Artist

Celebrating the work and artistic gifts of our young friend, Karen Leonard, a Kenyan-American poet and artist currently living in Virginia. Born in Kenya and adopted as a baby, Karen has spent her life traveling between Kenya and Virginia. She recently self-published her first book of poetry, Lightning From My Fingertips, that can be accessed from her website below. 

Click the link to her page to read a few excerpts from her book and learn more about Karen. If you'd like to support her work, she is accepting donations for her poetry book, and will be donating 50% of any donations to Black Lives Matter until June 9th. Donations can be made directly to Karen on Venmo or PayPal.

Venmo: @Karen_Leonard_22


There's no question about it:

the best theater is collaboration.

The best anything is collaboration.

Lonny Price



We believe in the power of the arts for cultural transformation. We are a group of artists, edge-walkers, people who believe in the power of engaging our innate creative spark, sharing that expression with the world, and supporting others whose voices have been marginalized. 




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Harrisonburg, VA 22802


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