The Pittsburgh Foundation

Alisha B Wormsley

Courtesy of Alisha B Wormsley.
Courtesy of Alisha B Wormsley.

2023 grant amount: $50,000 over two years

This grant supports Children of NAN: a Survival Guide, a film for future Black femmes. A process driven experimental film using a mobile handcrafted set, traveling to sacred US landscapes, documenting survival strategies of and for Black/Indigenous femmes.

"My goal is to travel to various matriarchal/femme activists, hood witches, healers, makers and liberators to perform one tutorial, lesson or story of their daily survival within the set I craft," says Wormsley. "My work explores Black matriarchal experiences through a physical and theoretical archive I call Children of NAN. The archive consists of photography, films, objects, and performances that I’ve made and collected. Fascinated by the spiritual potency of the object, the archive is a blend of rituals and the sacred, science and dreaming—an avowal that for the liberation of all, there must be a centering of Black womxn’s sovereignty. I am committed to making space (in all the ways we imagine 'space') for Black / Indigenous femmes."

WEB: https://www.alishabwormsley.com
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/alishabwormsley/

2023 AWARDEES LIST ADVANCING BLACK ARTS IN PITTSBURGH MAIN