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Tricia Hersey is a Chicago native living in Atlanta with over 20 years of experience collaborating with communities as a poet, performance artist, theater maker, theologian and community organizer. She is the founder of The Nap Ministry, an organization that examines rest as a form of resistance and reparations by curating spaces for the community to rest via Collective Napping Experiences, immersive workshops and performance art installations. Her research interests include Black liberation theology, womanism, somatics, and cultural trauma. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Hersey has exhibited artworks, delivered talks, and created collective napping experiences with School of the Art Institute Chicago, MOCA Cleveland, United States Peace Corps, Google Global, MIT, Brown University, and many more. Her words and work have been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, PlayBoy, Afropunk, The Atlantic, Complex Magazine, Dutch Vogue, NPR All Things Considered, USA Today, Bon Appetit, and others.
You can follow The Nap Ministry on all social media platforms at @thenapministry and her website is triciahersey.com
September 18, 2021 – January 9, 2022