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connecting art and spirituality

at the edges

Our Mission
Transforming culture through the arts
Collaborating with and supporting 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
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Education

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.

Collaboration

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.

Advocacy

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.

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Featured Artist

Brandon Serrels

Meet Brandon, artist name, Libermanibus, a freelance graphic designer, painter, multi-instrumentalist, poet  and magician. He specializes in freehand ink drawing and acrylic painting. Brandon has innate gifts and talents he's honed over the years, without any formal art education. All of his work is done without the use of a ruler, compass or any other corrective tool. He is passionate about creating balance through abract and surreal designs and rendering captivating depictions of Elsewhere. He gains inspiration everywhere.

Check out Brandon's art on the More About Featured Artist page, or click below.

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Both the monk and artist are edge dwellers, ones who commit to living in fertile border spaces and who call the wider community to alternative ways of being beyond the status quo...  Living on the edges means recognizing those places and experiences that do not offer easy answers, those fierce edges of life where things are not as clear as we hope them to be.  There is also beauty in the border spaces, those places of ambiguity and mystery.

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