Born out of growing frustration with religious responses to pressing social issues, like the school to prison pipeline, police violence in urban settings, and economic disparities, projectCURATE began in 2014 through a network of relationships that joined individuals active in academic settings, local churches, and community social justice movements. We began to boldly wonder what new possibilities would emerge if we attempted to craft a space where collaborative learning around race, religion, and justice-driven community took place in a context where those most impacted by racial inequity were placed at the center of our facilitating, leading, and organizing. We designed curricula that could create space for clergy, academics, activists, artists, laity, and students to interact with and learn from one another and create projects together would strive for more just realities.
In 2016-2017, projectCURATE joined in a coalitional relationship with BLMHTX and ImagiNoir—local and international activist organizations and think-tanks—to create more robust curricula around racial solidarity, religion, and justice, and during this time we became known as a “go-to” resource for those concerned with community activism and social transformation. In 2018, we introduced other curricula on whiteness and religion and the radical imagination that explores community building strategies through the development of social incubator projects. As we’ve grown, we not only build intellectual/social communities around custom curricula, but we also engage in collaborative responses to intersectional issues of inequality and injustice in various contexts, through a variety of means.