ABOUT IRENIC

Irenic Projects promotes the visual and performing arts within progressive and inclusive religious organizations.
Irenic Projects makes no statement about the existence of God (but it leans atheistic or agnostic).
Belief in a deity or adherence to a faith system is not required to participate in the work of Irenic Projects.

PHILOSOPHY OF GOD
Irenic Projects is invested in the origins, development, and ongoing maintenance of the idea of God. The idea of God is not a supernatural deity. It is a philosophical concept with very real practical, social, political, communal, and future building consequences. When the religious realms of society are neglected by progressives, they become hot beds for religious extremists and fascism. Religion is a persistent force in the world, and everyone should feel empowered to engage with the ideas, even if they themselves are not religious.

PHILOSOPHY OF PEOPLE
Irenic Projects is inclusive and fiercely protective of all ethnicities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, countries of origin, ages, and abilities. Irenic Projects is NOT necessarily protective and inclusive of all religions and beliefs: in so far as someone’s religious beliefs cause them to actively exclude or oppress the above mentioned peoples, or creates categories of acceptability and belonging based on damaging moral systems, Irenic Projects cannot condone. Irenic Projects will try to find ways to work with such individuals/groups if there is potential for a broader common good.

MISSION STATEMENT
Irenic Projects wants to help create a network of diverse communities that protect each other, and create organizational models that encourage religious groups to build bridges. By finding commonalities across traditional divides, people can work together toward common goals: fighting climate change, promoting sustainable living practices, lessening hostility and aggression, fighting antisemitism, promoting more humane economic systems, and all the things that give or deny dignity and justice to people and the earth.

The work of Irenic Projects empowers churches to operate more like community centers. Irenic Projects brings art into sacred spaces not to elevate the art but to activate the church, reforming it as a community centered institution that provides cultural and intellectual nourishment to underserved populations.

Religious institutions are provided instruction and guidance on how to create space for artists on their campuses. Underutilized spaces can become engines for community growth. Visual artists and musicians need low-cost studios and performance spaces, and they bring with them communities rich with intellectual curiosity and creative vigor.

Irenic Projects blurs the boundary between who is in and who is out when it comes to religious spaces. The church on the corner should feel like a welcoming space to everyone, an extension of their home. There is often a day of the week reserved for like-minded faithful believers to gather and worship. But what of the six other days in the week? Those days are when we can widen the circle of what counts as religious practice, to expand who gets to participate in religious life, and build new alliances in the pursuit of truth and justice.


Irenic Projects is a project of Fulcrum Arts’ Emerge Fiscal Sponsorship Program