PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual

Poetics of Engagement

The Poetics of Engagement is an online laboratory where we’ll explore together the strategies and practices that can make our communities resilient. We’ll lean into our collective and emergent knowledge about arts-centered strategy, generating collective power, creative maroonage*, and the radical act of building sanctuary as an organizing practice that fortifies community accountability, connectivity, and agency.

*Maroonage: liberated spaces created by escaped and resisting former slaves who banned together to form communities of resistance and safety.

Trainer: Ebony Golden, Betty’s Daughters Arts Collaborative (BDAC)

Training Length and Type:

Four 120-minute sessions — Connect as an individual


Please plan on taking all four workshops.

Workshops Offered:


Session 1: Where and How Enter: Culture, Community, Creativity, and Collaboration – Wednesday September 19 2-4pm PT / 4-6pm CT / 5-7 pm ET


Session 2: Foundational Practice: Power Building – Thursday September 27 2-4pm PT / 4-6pm CT / 5-7 pm ET


Session 3: Creative Maroonage: Art + Organizing – Thursday October 4 2-4pm PT / 4-6pm CT / 5-7 pm ET


Session 4: Rituals for Engagement – Tuesday October 16 2-4pm PT / 4-6pm CT / 5-7 pm ET 

This training is ideal for:

Leaders and administrators in progressive organizations, and any folks on a mission to create real, sustained social impact.

Training Outcomes

You’ll come away with: 

  • A working understanding of how collective power, vision and action guide the development of cultural organizing initiatives and campaigns
  • Refined and revitalized approaches to collaboration
  • Affirmed methods for power-building
  • Support for your ongoing organizing efforts around art and culture
  • Rituals and ways of community engagement for justice and equity

What do you do to prepare?

Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to speak and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, and headphones.


CostPeoplesHub is committed to making trainings accessible, regardless of ability to pay. Our Workshop Trainers are some of the most experienced trainers and organizers who, like you, are working hard for change in their communities. In order to offer trainers fair compensation, the real cost of a PH workshop is $40/person. Please pay what you can afford on a scale of $40-100, and if you can, please “pay it forward” to support others to attend. Thanks for your support! We are committed to making these trainings accessible to all. If cost is a barrier, please email to request a scholarship.

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Trainer: Ebony Golden

Ebony Noelle Golden is an artist, scholar, and culture strategist from Houston, Texas, now living and working in New York City. As an artist, she stages site-specific rituals and live art performances that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now. She lectures on contemporary black feminist, womanist, and experimental theatre of the African diaspora at The New School.

Her current creative work, 125th & FREEdom, is a public performance art project consisting of curated community events and a durational public performance comprised of ten interactive choreopoetic rituals staged along 125th Street between the Harlem and Hudson Rivers. The work is slated for a spring 2019 world premiere in NYC.


As a strategist, Ebony co-creates and powers holistic, results-oriented strategies for social impact with some of the boldest and most insightful artists and institutions in the country.