Sabriaya Shipley 

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Sabriaya is apart of the 2021 inaugural cohort of the Forman Arts Initiative and Philadelphia Foundation's Art Work Grants. They are currently a 2021 Black Lives Matter Philly/ Melanated Educators Fellow. 

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Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Sabriaya is a Philadelphia based poet, educator, and community ethnographer. Named a 2019 A+ Educator by Philadelphia Family Magazine and a 2021 Black Lives Matter Black Educator Fellow, Sabriaya currently works with North Philadelphia’s Tree House Books as a Literacy Program Director fostering partnerships with organizations such as Black Educators Matter in their recent Equity Pod initiative. Sabriaya is the co-founder of Griot Girls, a youth writing collective for young Black girls. They have served as a Resident Playwright and Special Projects fellow with both Philadelphia Young Playwrights/TheColored Girls Museum's project, Performing Identities, and as a teaching artist with Germantown's Yes! And... Collaborative Arts Program. Sabriaya holds a BA in Theatre (Acting Concentration) from Temple University and is currently a MA candidate at Prescott College for Social Justice and Community Organizing with a concentration in Social Justice Art Activism led by Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Their devised work has been featured at the Painted Bride Art Center, Bartram’s Garden, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, within the Call & Response Journal, Claer Magazine, Ode to Queer, and Dizzie Magazine. A recipient of the Philadelphia Foundation and Forman Art's Initiative Art Works grant in support of the development of their social justice pedagogy, Sabriaya is a citizen artist determined to represent the intersections of their community. They are committed to holding space for Black and Brown youth.


Thank you so much for reaching out! Look forward to connecting with you. In Community, Sabriaya Shipley