The In[HEIR]itance Project is a national arts organization that collaborates with communities using a unique methodology of collective artmaking that puts lived experiences in relationship with sacred* texts to instigate engagement around challenging civic conversations.
*We interpret ‘sacred text’ to mean any narrative that holds meaning for the community. They could be ancient religious, mythic, cultural or patriotic texts, personal and universal stories, attitudes and archetypes, local lore (current or historical), or popular media and culture.
The In[heir]itance Project is building a national network of creative communities connected to and strengthened by the wisdom of their inherited texts, while inspiring other artists and experiential educators to adopt and expand our methodology.
In 2014, The In[heir]itance Project was founded with generous support from The Covenant Foundation. Our first endeavor was The Genesis Plays, a series of plays which paired narratives from the book of Genesis with a mid-sized American city, and explored how the narrative and the history of the city overlap, intersect and converse with one another. Between 2015 and 2017 we explored Genesis all over America (Minneapolis/St Paul, Charleston, Austin, Seattle and Kansas City) working with interfaith and multicultural groups. 2017 also saw the launch of The Exod[US] Plays, the second series of plays devised by The In[HEIR]itance Project in cities around the United States, intertwining the narratives of communities with specific moments from the book of Exodus. Our first installment, Exodus: Threshold, was created in Harlem, NYC with formerly incarcerated New Yorkers in partnership with Exodus Transitional Community and JTS. Exodus: Refuge, currently in development in Omaha, Nebraska, finds us working with recently resettled refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, etc in partnership with Lutheran Family Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. Moving forward, we plan to continue exploring Exodus by making plays in Norfolk/Virginia Beach examining the legacy of 'white flight', and Cincinnati pairing Exodus with the local history of the Underground Railroad. And we’re expanding The In[heir]itance Project to explore more sacred* texts in a city near you! Sign up for our mailing list to stay tuned. And scroll down to see where we've been and where we're going!