Jennie Kay is a Michigan native, raised in a very conservative Christian environment. After leaving that environment, she found that many communities were trying to emulate the sense of community structure that she found in the church environment. She began to consider the idea of sanctuary and community, and how we define that in our everyday culture. Her project, The Detroit Sanctuary Project is an interactive community photography project inviting members of the Detroit public to help document each house of worship within the City.
Jennie Kay’s project has two main goals:
1) to bring a community in Detroit together to collect the images is a way to create a conversation about what is a safe space in their community. It allows people to consider how sanctuary can be as diverse as the communities we engage in;
2) To have a visually impactful inventory that allows people to be inspired to create and host sanctuary space in their own communities, seeking out our commonalities, rather than our differences.
Since her grant was awarded, see this update on Jennie Kay’s project!
GRANT AWARD DATE: JANUARY 19, 2013