The In[heir]itance Project is a national arts organization that collaborates with communities throughout the creative process, combining their lived experiences and sacred* narratives through a unique methodology of collective research, artmaking, and reflection.
*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 a matriarch or patriarch from the book of Genesis with a mid-sized American city, and explored how the narrative of the character and the history of the city overlap, intersect and converse with one another. Between 2015 and 2017 we devised Genesis Plays in Minneapolis/St Paul, Charleston, Austin, Seattle and Kansas City, working with interfaith and multicultural groups. 2017 also saw the launch of The Exodus Plays series, the first of which premiered in Harlem in March of 2018. We worked with formerly incarcerated New Yorkers in collaboration with Exodus Transitional Community and JTS. Moving forward, we plan to continue exploring Exodus by making plays in Omaha with the Syrian refugee community, Norfolk and 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!