Saharra (she/her) is a Black and queer digital and performance storyteller from the greater Philadelphia area passionate about decolonial and anti-racist public health practice and research. She uses creativity and narrative to identify and address fundamental causes of health inequity.
Her artistry explores grief and wake work that allows us to reimagine Blackness as life and living memory. She works with children & adults alike in using art as a tool for reflection, transformation, & radical healing. Her critical scholarship works to understand how systems and social environments (re)produce health inequities. She uses arts-based and participatory methods to promote more caring, collaborative, and community-accountable approaches to health promotion. Saharra is a Public Health PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Board Director for the Collective for Radical Death Studies.
Exploring the experiences of Black women and femmes with body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) through digital storytelling, a critical narrative intervention. Active Minds 2022 Emerging Scholars Fellowship recipient.
WYSH is designed to offer young people a transformative experience that fosters leadership, creative agency, an experience of community and belonging through the arts, and an understanding that there is a place for their stories and their unique voices. Culminates in an original piece of devised theatre.
Implement and evaluate a digital storytelling intervention in which healthy behaviors among African American caregivers are promoted through the creation and sharing of life stories. Our work will address the higher burden of family caregiving and worse physical health that African Americans face.
STRIVE, a Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health funded study exploring how structural issues impact adolescent sexual reproductive health (ASRH). We use Photovoice, digital storytelling and other arts-based inquiry.
A COVID-19 arts response to stay-at-home orders. We explore what it means to "stay home" during unprecedented times. A virtual play was produced and shared.
Compulsive Hair Pulling May Be Incurable, But the Shame Around It Isn't
by Katie Banon
Symphony & Saharra honor late father, Lamont Dixon, with a poetry scholarship contest in Southwest Philadelphia
History Month, 2020
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Arts Advocacy Award
Presented by International Ms. USA 2022, Symphony and Saharra Dixon, and the Dixon family
This scholarship award was created as a legacy project to honor and remember Lamont Dixon, a Philadelphia native. Dixon was a prolific performing artist, poet, and arts educator who dedicated his life to bettering his community through the arts.
Dixon passed away in 2021 at the age of 60 due to HIV-related complications. The award highlights the importance of the arts in fighting mental health stigma and promoting community activism and collective care.