What is The Golden Dome?
The Golden Dome School is an educational and curatorial platform dedicated to studying intersections of art, metaphysics, and ecology. We produce exhibitions, performances, classes, publications, and artist residencies year round and nationwide.
The Golden Dome honors ideals of responsiveness, communal learning, and evolving artistic disciplines that foster magical community building, ecological awareness and non-hierarchy. The Golden Dome School’s practices seek to destabilize the authority of conventional structures of knowledge and power through an engagement with mysticism and the formation of heart centered communities of learning. We believe that magic has a large role to play in restoring health to people and planet, and that animism is an antidote to capitalism. We encourage a questioning attitude and support intellectual, spiritual, and creative freedom in our work.
Each artist residency is rooted in the study of a Tarot card and The Golden Dome School is currently working its way through the Major Arcana. The next session will revolve around the “The Wheel of Fortune” card in 2021.
The Golden Dome School is a no-profit organization. Please consider donating any amount so that we can continue to offer free and low-cost programming to our community.
For information on how to volunteer, collaborate, or donate goods to the Golden Dome School, please visit our Get Involved page.
Guiding Principles of the Golden Dome School (these will continue to evolve):
1. The observance non-hierarchy and non-competition. We are committed to honoring interdependence.
2. We encourage the creation of new art and ritual forms by anyone.
3. We make “direct art” that serves our community here and now. We do not need tools, walls, approval or degrees to make art – we need each other. We are dedicated to creating safe and inclusionary spaces for the cultivation of our community vision.
4. Everything is sentient. Animism is an antidote to capitalism – it is a necessary worldview.
5. Change is constant. The Golden Dome School is a dynamic cooperative organism where everyday life is guided by the intelligence of nature. We are committed to changing as the frequency of our times change, and as the face of our planet changes.
6. We are committed to taking inspired action towards our vision of a better world. We place strong emphasis on social and ecological responsibility in our work. We believe that our work is love in action.
7. We believe that we belong in a relational Universe, and strive to practice deep listening to the voices of each member of our community. Community voices include, but are not limited to: the voices of people, the voices of wind, water, earth, stars, seasons, insects, animals, and bodies of water.
We wish to thank the Reclaiming Collective, adrienne marie brown’s “Emergent Strategy”, the Art/Life Institute, the Deep Listening Institute, Deep Ecology, Findhorn, Black Mountain College, and the Work that Reconnects for the inspiration to organize.
Who is The Golden Dome?
“A spiritual organization with a hierarchical structure can convey only the consciousness of estrangement, regardless of what teachings or deep inspirations are at its root. The structure itself reinforces the idea that some people are inherently more worthy than others.” -Starhawk
The Golden Dome School was founded by Eliza Swann in 2013, as she contemplated the disastrous effects of capitalism on the Earth and its inhabitants, and wondered what art and spiritual practice could do to help. The Golden Dome School has evolved into a non-hierarchical community of artists working together to realize a dream of using art as an inclusive and ecologically aware tool for expanding consciousness. Here are some of the roles we are currently playing:
Director: Eliza Swann
Online School Co-ordinator: Mireya Lucio
Board: Lily Benson, Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Candace Kita, Grace Kredell, Saewon Oh, Samantha Rehark, Yumi Sakugawa, Tiffany Stevens, Christian Toscano
Program Organizers: Edgar Fabián Frías, Ryan Ingersol, Grace Kredell, Mireya Lucio, Patrick Mansfield, Saewon Oh, Laura Stinger
Visiting Faculty: Chiron Armand, Liz Armstrong, Robert Beier, Genevieve Belleveau, Lily Benson, Ayden Bremner, Mandana Boushee, Maja D’Aoust, Jovencio De La Paz, Diva Dompe, Catherine Feliz, Edgar Fabián Frías, Amanda Yates Garcia, Dr. Neal Goldsmith, Asher Hartman, Frank Haines, Ryan Ingersol, Madre Jaguar, Sarah Johnson, Grace Kredell, Marcella Kroll, Brendan Landis, Mireya Lucio, Guadalupe Maravilla, Matthewdavid’s Mindflight, Machine, Patrick Mansfield, Sarah Manuwal, Mollie McKinley, Zeljko Mcmullen, Linda Montano, Jasmine Moorhead, Cory Nakasue, Saewon Oh, Ron Regé Jr., Yunuen Rhi, Yumi Sakugawa, Stacy Jo Scott, Penny Slinger, Laura Berlin Stinger, Lavender Suarez, Eliza Swann, Christian Toscano, Laurie Weeks, Laura Zuspan
Participating Artists: Grace Amber, Joana Ayala, Adolfo Ibanez Ayerve, Lily Benson, Sarah Bisceglie, Mackenzie Budd, Richmond Burton, Mae Chesney, Annie Connole, Dominique Dawson, Anais Delsol, Von DeWitt, Nick Dinnerstein, Stephanie Dowda, Bekah Fly, Agnieszka Forfa, Angel Garcia, Gabriella Garcia, Wade Gasque, Julie Gemuend, Sarah Gottesdiener, Allison Halter, Jay Hamade, Lacey Hedtke, Lenora Jayne, Candace Kita, Kathryn Knowlton, Grace Kredell, Melissa Krodman, Kwonyin, Molly Larkey, Gracelee Lawrence, Alison Beth Levy, Merkel, Mireya Lucio, Kat Hunt, Jillayne Hunter, Sarah Manuwal, Patrick Mansfield, Catherine Menard, Lindsay Minnich, Dylan Mira, Natalia Molina, Maria Molteni, Kendall Riley Morgan, Claire Morton, Cory Nakasue, Nire, Samantha Noseworthy, Loren Nosen, Diana Paez, Joshua Patterson, Adrian Pijoan, Samantha Rehark, Philip Rodin, Glenda Romualdo, Estella Sanchez, Lauren Stroh, Corkey Sinks, Kb Thomason, Emilia Turner, Monica Uszerowicz, Tracy Van Oosten, Brooke Underwood, Amber Wallin, Sophie White, Yejin Yoo, Lauryn Youden, Jennifer Zackin, JC Zepeda
Participating Organizations: Art In Odd Places, Coaxial, The Craft Mystery Cult, The Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment, Foundation For Contemporary Art, Heinzfeller Nileisist, Krowswork Gallery, Maiden LA, Museum As Retail Space, Otherwild, Perfect Wave, The Women’s Center For Creative Work