Civic Media Speaker Series: Tricia Hersey

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Even before the pandemic, many were over-worked and burnt out, equating their worth with how much one produced. There is a reason The Nap Ministry resonates with so many, teaching about softness in being still and that there is life to be found in leisure.

Join Tricia Hersey, founder of The Nap Ministry, as she provides a healing portal for us to imagine, to hope, to invent, to create, to heal, to rest, to resist. In this workshop, participants will take a deeper examination of rest as a radical tool for community healing and enjoy an immersive experience of storytelling, silence, rest and brainstorming. We’ll make space for the power of building our own tables and cultivate a dreamspace together.

Tricia Hersey is a Chicago native living in Atlanta with over 20 years of experience collaborating with communities as a 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. You can follow The Nap Ministry on all social media platforms at @thenapministry and her website,

This conversation is part of a monthly series of public talks at AnnLab featuring artists, creators, storytellers, organizers, and others who are working at the intersections of media, technology and culture with the purpose of sharing and reflecting on civic media practice, highlighting the work being done and the way folks are working, and to encourage conversation among a growing network.