Sanctuary Arts

The Sanctuary Arts Initiative seeks to provide a haven for local artists through collaborative partnership, accessible space, and lasting community. Metro Baptist Church affirms the talents of individuals in the congregation and wider New York community, and aims to integrate their creativity into the wider mission of Metro Baptist Church and Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries. Here is a list of our current Sanctuary Arts partners:


Ruby Rims Does the Can Can

Ruby Rims has been a fixture in the Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries and Metro Baptist Church communities for several years as a volunteer and as a performer. As a co-facilitator of our Food Pantry, he is present at Metro every week to organize and distribute food to the needy in Hell’s Kitchen. As a critically acclaimed drag performer, Ruby hosts a yearly cabaret, the proceeds from which go to supporting our Food Pantry.


Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center

The Hell's Kitchen Cultural Center (HKCC) is a neighborhood-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that showcases works of artists based in the Clinton/Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood through performances at various neighborhood venues. They host a yearly jazz festival at Metro.


Gigi’s Night

Gigi’s Night is a monthly recurring performance series designed to create opportunities for theatre artists seeking a place to create, play, collaborate, and present work. Each month may explore a different format, including (but not limited to) cabaret, dance, drama, sketch and stand-up comedy. Each performance of Gigi’s Night will benefit Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries.

Upstart Creatures

The Upstart Creatures is a collective of actors and directors, formed by Michael Barakiva, to throw (meta)physical feasts, intermingling theater and food, feeding body and soul. Come to get fed; stay to get nourished.


Shige Nakano

Shige is a NYC based musician who has partnered with Metro to produce quality concerts in our sanctuary space.


Mark Lamb Dance
Mark Lamb Dance has been a Sanctuary Arts Partner since 2010. The mission of Mark Lamb Dance (MLD) is to present new work and repertory, performed by dancers of diverse backgrounds, training, and traditions. Utilizing dance as a tool for cultural exploration and understanding, MLD works to provide communities with performance, outreach, and educational opportunities. MLD also coordinates quarterly Saturday Salons at Metro that bring together musical and movement artists for events the New York Times has described as “a quintessential New York experience.”