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.

The People Are the Light


Join artist Alisha B. Wormsley for a series of public art installations and workshops in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. Centered on healing and cleansing, these events invite you to reflect on Homewood’s past and present and share your vision for its future.

Twelve artist-collaborators, curated by Wormsley, lead events and performances throughout neighborhood spaces and in two public art installations. Each project explores the connections between past, present and future. Robert Hodge’s The Beauty Box serves as a snapshot from Homewood’s past, reimagining an open-air fruit stand as it may have been decades ago. Through a series of workshops, ten women artists celebrate and invite reflection on Homewood’s present. Ricardo Robinson’s Morrow’s Hush creates an outdoor sound installation, encouraging deep listening and consideration of Homewood’s future soundscape. Wormsley will document the installations and events, producing a series of photographs and a film premiering at Carnegie Museum of Art this December.

Artists in the series: Dina “Free” Blackwell, Nisha Blackwell, Ayana “Sade” Clarke, Yona Harvey, Robert Hodge, Joy KMT, Ayanah Moor, Bekezela Mguni, Staycee Pearl, Ricardo Robinson, Felicia Savage, Anqwenique Wingfield, Alisha B. Wormsley.


The People Are the Light is open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 16–October 15, 2017.
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

About the Artist

Alisha B. Wormsley is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Her work is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color. Wormsley’s work has been honored and supported with a number of awards and grants to support programs: afronaut(a) film and performance series, Homewood Artist Residency (recently received the mayor’s public art award), the Children of NAN video art series, There Are Black People in the Future body of work, and her collaborative works with Lisa Harris in Studio Enertia. These projects and works have exhibited widely. Namely, the Andy Warhol Museum, Octavia Butler conference at Spelman University, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Inkanyiso in Johannesburg SA, HTMLES in Montreal, Project Row House, the Houston Art League, Rush Art gallery in NY, and the Charles Wright museum in Detroit. Over the next year, she will complete a MFA in film and video at Bard College. A number of public art projects debut in 2017, namely, August Wilson Park, Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art, ArtUp South Africa at the Mattress Factory, and Pittsburgh’s Market Square.

About Hillman Photography Initiative

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.


Generous support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William Talbott Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.