Aerial view of neighborhood streets from above, with rows of homes running off into the distance. Overlaid on this view are constellations of stars with the following names: Dina “Free” Blackwell, Nisha Blackwell, Ayana Clark, Yona Harvey, Robert Hodge, Joy KMT, Ayanah Moor, Bekezela Mguni, Staycee Pearl, Ricardo Robinson, Felicia Savage, Anqwenique Wingfield, and Alisha Wormsley.

Dina “Free” Blackwell, Conversations For and About Women

House of Manna
7240 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Free Event


Share your story and relax with others as you discuss how to transform from the inside out on this journey called life. Designed for adult women.

Dina “Free” Blackwell is the executive director of the Homewood Renaissance Association (HRA) and the House of Manna. HRA is dedicated to closing the poverty gap in Homewood and working to affect the areas that bring positive long term systemic change by collaborating with others. HRA’s core values are integrity, humility, accountability, excellence, teamwork, and respect for the dignity of others. Blackwell has a BS in Rehabilitation Science with a focus on mental health.

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This program is a project of The People Are The Light, a series of public art installations and workshops in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, curated by Alisha Wormsley. Twelve artist-collaborators lead events and performances throughout the neighborhood. Each project explores the connections between past, present, and future.

The People Are The Light is part of LIGHTIME, a year of programming from CMOA’s Hillman Photography Initiative. Photography, at its basis, measures light and time. Wormsley, whose work revolves around memory and time, activates these fundamentals of photography, creating space for artists, collaborators, and participants to share their stories.