The Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice is a project of Union Theological Seminary. It was founded in the spring of 2009 under the leadership of AA Bronson and Kathryn Reklis.
Δ The Institute's Mission is to explore the relationship between art and religion through the lens of social justice.
Δ What We Do: The Institute commissions and supports contemporary art projects and practices relating to our mission.
The Institute is still young and still in the process of defining its future. However, the Institute is intentionally not faith-specific, and focused on contemporary art practice as a means of addressing issues of social justice today. The Institute undertakes projects in the form of exhibitions, performance series, lectures, panel discussions, publishing, conferences, and other forms of public presentation designed to focus attention on the interdependent themes of art, religion, and social justice.
The Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice is proud to be a project of Union Theological Seminary, the oldest independent, non-denominational seminary in the nation. Union was founded in 1836 and stands at the vanguard of progressive, pluralistic religion today. Education at Union is rooted in a deep understanding of the breadth of faith-based traditions and their relevance to collective public life. The Seminary's history as a public provider of events offering cultural and critical engagement is long and distinguished, as is Union's history of convening a broad range of institutions and individuals committed to the work of social justice. Union eagerly supports the Institute's continuing success by providing space and administration for our pioneering activities.