Partners for Sacred Places

9 Jun 2017


Church of the Holy Apostles and the Mediator in West Philadelphia. Photo by Joe Elliot.


Interior of Church of the Advocate, North Philadelphia. Photo by Karen DiLossi.


Mother Bethel AME Church, Lombard Street corridor, Philadelphia, PA. Photo by Karen DiLossi.


World premiere of Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group’s "...they stood shaking while others began to shout," 2018. Pictured: Hadar Ahuvia and Gabriela Silva. Photo by Ian Douglas.

Partners for Sacred Places, founded in 1989, works to build the civic value of historic sacred places and the capacity of congregations to better serve their communities as anchor institutions, helping to shape vibrant, creative communities. Partners brings together a national network of professionals across disciplines and community sectors to develop and implement model projects that advance the health and preservation of sacred places. With a national presence and offices in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth, Partners fosters the active community use of historic sacred places in all 50 states and builds the capability of their congregations through training programs, research, fundraising assistance, and assessments. In 2017, Partners received Center funding for Playing and Preserving, an interdisciplinary project to build artistic collaborations and civic energy around Philadelphia’s historic sacred places and their pipe organs. In 2018, the organization received support for Grounds That Shout! (And Others Merely Shaking), a series of performances, curated by choreographer Reggie Wilson, exploring the African American religious experience and Philadelphia’s historic religious sites.