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Sanctuary Spaces

Installation view, The Long Dream, MCA Chicago November 7, 2020–January 17, 2021

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

Create a sanctuary space in your home to find comfort and joy in your body.

by Ione Sanders

About this Activity

During the pandemic, we've needed to interact with our home spaces in new and creative ways—as gyms, classrooms, offices, and more. Perhaps we've lost that space for rest and safety—our sanctuary space. In this activity, create a brand new sanctuary space in your home inspired by artwork from The Long Dream.

Sometimes a sanctuary is an area for birds to live, or a special holy place in a church or temple. For your sanctuaries, focus on making a space for your body to feel comfort and joy!


Get inspired to make your own sanctuary space and monuments for small things by watching this show-and-tell with artists Jalisa OH and Ione Sanders.

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Join MCA teaching artists Jalisa OH and Ione Sanders as they explore creating sanctuary spaces in our own homes and making monuments to the small things in our world.

This video was originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Saturday, November 14, as part of Virtual Family Day: Places and Names.

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