WHO ARE WE?
Project Curate (PC) is a non-profit social impact agency and consultancy that works with religious, academic, and community organizations to address and support collaborative responses to intersectional issues relating to racial injustice and inequality. We do so through curriculum development, training, and design; consulting and facilitation; research; community building and organizing; public events; and various multimedia interventions.
PC's mission is to enact emancipatory and liberating practices of public and community engagement that move people into zones where they can dismantle barriers that tend to exist along the lines of class, race, sex, gender, and/or political orientation. We invite diverse communities (or "publics") to engage in experiences where they learn competencies in solidarity and network-building for personal accountability and transformation and social change. As our name suggests, we see ourselves as curators (curates) who organize, collect, and attend to different stories and cultural traditions, often placing them together to facilitate a better understanding of human differences and effect radical visions of a more just and equitable world.
Effective methods for community and civic engagement must be rooted in a vibrant and authentic community, where creative and innovative strategies are encouraged and fostered. We seek to sustain and, in some cases, re-constitute, bold and prophetic movements for social change with this conviction.
To be bold and prophetic means:
Developing spiritual practices that allow one to engage in a continual process of self-and-communal reflection, interrogation, and renewal.
Boldly responding to the forms of structural evil—like racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia—that continue to perpetuate oppressive systems and institutions.
Recognizing divine power in the voices and cultural productions of those historically oppressed, and leveraging one’s resources and privileges to aid in the amplifying of these voices while dismantling the systems that seek to continue to silence these voices.
Engaging with and learning from prophetic forms of witness made from a variety of non/faith orientations, including Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, and humanist forms of thought and practice.
Being cognizant of, bringing attention to, and rooting out the ways in which power dynamics and differences affect or, in some cases, undermine many of our sincerest efforts at racial and social justice
The Hebrew prophetic tradition summons us to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God." We feel that critical self-reflection is foundational to this work, as it opens the space to truly transformative and widespread change.
The creative, collaborative, and critical work we do at projectCURATE is aimed at imagining, striving for, and living in a better world wherein justice, mercy, humility, and love are not just aspirations, but assumptions within our community ethics. Will you collaborate with us?
Curate team visits St. John's UMC in Houston
Cleve Tinsley and Matt Russell
Jessica Davenport, Rachel Schneider, and Biko Gray