Tricia Hersey was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and has over 20 year’s experience as a teaching artist, poet, performance artist, theater maker, and community activist. 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. Tricia believes impromptu spectacles and site-specific installations can bring awareness to social justice issues that paralyze our communities. Her research interests include black liberation theology, community healing and somatics. The Nap Ministry is a meditation and community installation that installs safe spaces for the community to rest together and facilitates workshops on healing. It is an artistic, historical and spiritual examination of the liberating power of naps. It re-imagines why rest is a form of resistance and shines a light on the issue of sleep deprivation as a justice issue. Tricia’s work as a teaching artist and trainer of arts integrated curriculum has been seen with Chicago Public Schools, Columbia College Chicago, Free Street Theater, Google, United States Peace Corps, and numerous community organizations nationwide. She currently lives in South Georgia with her husband Tommy and son Saheim the Dream.

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