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Closing Celebration: PeoplesHub Arts and Social Justice Fellowship - PeoplesHub

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Closing Celebration: PeoplesHub Arts and Social Justice Fellowship


At PeoplesHub, we center our work in the 4-Rs model for what makes healthy social justice movements, Resistance, Resilience, Restoration, and Re-imagination. It is Reimagination that led us to create the PeoplesHub Arts and Social Justice Fellowship. We believe that artists and culture bearers are integral to successful movements because they hold up a mirror to the way things are, but more importantly, help us imagine our world anew.


Join us as we celebrate our inaugural class of Artists Fellows Elena House Hay and Saleem Hue Penny as they conclude their time with us. The night will include performances and art presentations, and you will be able to hear from our artist fellows as they talk about their work and time with us at PeoplesHub.

Led by:


Joe Tolbert Jr., Moderator

Elena House Hay, Artist Fellow

Saleem Hue Penny, Artist Fellow

Length and Type:


2 hours

Connect as an individual

Date & Time:


Thursday, June 30th

From 3:30-5:30pm PT/ 5:30-7:30pm CT/ 6:30-8:30pm ET

This event is ideal for:


  • Artists and culture bearers working at the intersections of art and social justice
  • Folks interested in art that touches on the intersections of disability, solidarity economy, and incarceration.

What do you do to prepare?


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


Access requests, including interpretation and captioners, can be made during registration or by emailing Dustin Gibson at dustin@peopleshub.org.



Free, though we always accept donations!  Donations support us to continue offering programs like this one and pay trainers, interpreters, captioners, and other support staff a fair wage for their time and expertise. Like you, those who support our trainings work hard for change in their communities and have often developed the knowledge, skill and gifts that they are offering through many unpaid hours — let’s support them to be sustainable in their work and craft!

Ready to sign up?


Joe Tolbert Jr.

Joe T. is a minister, scholar, writer and cultural organizer whose work is at the intersections of art, culture, spirituality and social justice. He received his B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed his M.Div. with a concentration in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. Joe is a sought after facilitator and cultural strategist that works with communities to help them harness the power of art and culture. For more information please visit www.TheJoeT.com.

Hope Ghazala

Artist Fellows

Elena House Hay

Elena is an incarcerated artist in Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on madness, systemic repression, and the promise of abolition. She works in tandem with PeoplesHub, Let’s Get Free @womeninprison, and various prison advocacy zines and newsletters. Elena is committed to drawing attention to the flaws of the PIC and to the humanity of those held in state-sponsored captivity.

Hope Ghazala

Saleem Hue Penny

Saleem Hue Penny is a Black “rural hip-hop blues” poet, arts educator, and mutual aid advocate with Lowcountry roots, single-sided deafness, and Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. The 2021 Poetry Coalition Fellow at Zoeglossia, an Assistant Poetry Editor at Bellevue Literary Review, and a proud Cave Canem Fellow, Saleem’s writing explores how young people of color traverse wild spaces and define freedom on their own terms. He often punctuates his poetry with drum loops, gouache, and birch bark.