The Iruke Project is a nonprofit multimedia production company that seeks social justice and builds sustainable communities through theater, dance, music and film. The Project hosts community forums, teaches theater workshops and creates multimedia productions that advance conversations about the most compelling issues in our lives.

"Iruke" is the Yoruba word for "fly whisk." (It's pronounced "uh-ROO-kay.") African tribal chiefs would swat away flies with an iruke as they conducted the people's business.  Irukes are also associated with the deities of the Yoruba called the Orishas. An iruke is a humble symbol for SOUL POWER. 

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The Iruke Project was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Anthony Julius Williams.  The Iruke Project is fiscally sponsored by Independent Arts & Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit

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