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Practicing as an Artist in the Solidarity Economy - PeoplesHub

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Practicing as an Artist in the Solidarity Economy


How do we show up to this moment as artists and cultural workers? Capitalism is decomposing and the solidarity economy is emerging. It’s time to avoid “going back to normal.” Artists know plenty about non-normality, but we get stuck in the confines of exploitation and the hustle of undervalued work. We need each other to get free. 


How can we create support networks between artists who want to make art about and within the solidarity economy? How can we ensure our needs are met to actualize our creative dreams? As we build ecosystems of relationships where co-creation and cooperation can flourish, the narrative of the individualistic starving artist dies. 


This series will create a space for us to practice solidarity economy principles as creatives. There will be opportunities to get inspired by other aligned artists, participate in creative self-reflection, and weave networks of mutual support.



Ebony Gustave & Robin Bean Crane (Cooperative Journal Media)

Length and Type:


2 hours per session

Connect as an individual

Dates & Times:


Circle: Saturday, June 18th from 10am-12pm PT/ 12-2pm CT/ 1-3pm ET

Workshop: Monday, June 27th from 4-6pm PT/ 6-8pm CT/ 7-9pm ET

Clinic: Tuesday, July 5th from 4-6pm PT/ 6-8pm CT/ 7-9pm ET

This Series is ideal for:


  • Artists and cultural workers who are seeking ways to create, collaborate, and meet their needs within the solidarity economy. 

  • Cultural workers who want to support each other to unlearn capitalist paradigms, and uphold cooperative values in our creative process.

  • Cultural strategists who are dreaming up projects that can support our collective transition.



Participants will leave with:

  • A greater understanding of the solidarity economy framework 

  • Clarity (and/or questions!) about your role as an artist in the solidarity economy 

  • Connections with other aligned creatives

  • Ways to plug into solidarity economy organizing

  • An understanding of the solidarity economy and how it can meet the needs of working artists

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.


Also, please consider reading:



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



Choose what to pay, starting at $40. The true cost of this series is $100/person. At PeoplesHub we are committed to communication access, radical hospitality, supporting facilitators, and making our offerings financially accessible. This sliding scale allows 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?


Ebony Gustave

Ebony (she/her) is a community organizer, cultural preservationist, and storyteller. They are the founder of the Cooperative Journal podcast, an archive of interviews spotlighting how people are collectivizing to meet their needs within the solidarity economy. As a co-steward of its multimedia umbrella, they are bridging the gaps between political education, imagination, co-creation, and actualization. Within their community, they challenge access to care through organizing pay-it-forward models, donation-based wellness pop-ups, and a free 24/7 herbal medicine cabinet. The common thread between all of her work is bringing awareness to collective solutions that are harmonious with nature, people-centered, and cultivates agency.


Robin Bean Crane

Robin (they/them) is a multimedia storyteller, solidarity economy nerd, and tender plant tender. With a focus on film, animation, and participatory media they spotlight community-driven solutions, working with organizations to shift narratives in support of a more regenerative economy where all can thrive. They are queer and have ancestors from north and west Europe, now home-making on Ohlone Land, Oakland, CA.

Hope Ghazala

Cooperative Journal Media

Cooperative Journal Media is a source for remembering through storytelling, visualizing, and practicing a collectivized economy. We are gathering the stories that expand the edges of our imagination of what is possible – where money is just one form of capital, workers are the owners, neighbors are meeting each other’s needs, and local communities are reclaiming their power to cultivate regenerative systems.