A Vision Forward:
Powerhouse Arts’ Vision for Impact
About Powerhouse Arts commissioned Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC (BDAC) as the lead strategists for a visioning residency and social justice learning laboratory.

In pursuit of a deep and intentional visioning approach, Ebony Noelle Golden (Principal and CEO) became our culture strategist-in-residence and with her team implemented an approach to a participatory action framework, social justice pedagogy, and socio-cultural theory, factoring in significant board and staff engagement.

This approach began with a series of retreats where a Strategic Visioning Committee composed of staff and board members gathered to discuss our values and roles within New York’s art sector through a social justice lens. Alongside these activities, a survey was conducted to gather information from all staff examining their personal roles, goals, and views of the organization. The BDAC team also conducted an Environmental Scan, which entailed a research-based approach to social justice practices undertaken by other arts organizations in New York to serve as a market analysis for Powerhouse’s reference.

After the Visioning Retreats, Golden led a series of Art and Social Justice Learning Labs focusing on race, intersectionality, and economic justice. These sessions were based on a tailored curriculum that included critical readings such as White Fragility, podcasts such as Code-Switch, and other thought-provoking videos and resources. During these sessions Powerhouse staff participated and implemented a call-in culture that allowed for accountability towards a bold vision for justice, engagement, and ongoing organizational resilience.

This work culminated in a living document and institutional resource, A Vision Forward: Powerhouse Arts’ Vision for Impact, which is an aspirational three-year impact vision that Powerhouse Arts staff has ongoing access to. Reflected in the Vision are strategies, methods, and plans anchored in the following premises: People as an infinite source of creativity; Making as a collective practice of possibility; and social justice as a practice of cultural power.

PRINCIPAL AND CEO:
Ebony Noelle Golden

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

PROJECT CONSULTANT:
Sára Abdullah

ASSOCIATE STRATEGIST:
Sydnie L. Mosley

ASSISTANT STRATEGIST:
Véronëque Ignace

ARTS RESEARCHER:
Amanda Lotspike