Sibyls Shrine is an artist residency program rooted in radical care, rest and support for Black women, womxn, trans women, and femmes who are mothers and identify as artists, creatives, and/or activists in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — and beyond.
The program is a homage to the Sibyls, the original priestesses of the Black goddess Mami Wata. The term, which predates Greek history, was used to name the guardians of the Matriarchy. Sibyls Shrine residency program is motivated by a similar goal: uplifting Black mothers with opportunities for radical care, rest, and support in an effort to further develop their craft and presence in the art world.
This burgeoning network of mostly Pittsburgh-based creative mothers now includes over 70 participants from all over the country. By the year 2024, we anticipate that we will have served over 2500+ Black mothers with financial support, professional development, childcare and exhibition opportunities.
Artist Alisha B. Wormsley serves as the project’s Creative Director, and works in collaboration with Jessica Gaynelle Moss as the Administrative Director and Naomi Chambers as the Community Artist Liaison. Wormsley, Moss, and Chambers are all Pittsburgh-based Black creative mothers. The Office of Public Art provides additional support as the Sibyls Shrine collaborating organization. Learn more about this project by visiting our website designed by one of our Sibyl sisters, Alecia Dawn.
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