All workshops and facilitated sessions are interactive and incorporate the arts in exploring the concepts identified.
Identifying and Responding to Colorblind Racism
This workshop acknowledges that whether overt, subtle, or unseen, racial biases operate in our institutions, media, and can infiltrate actions and unconscious attitudes. From this foundation, participants unpack four specific frameworks that underpin colorblind racism and engage in careful self-reflection about the ways to dismantle it internally and externally and to challenge those ideologies when presented. This workshop is designed for people of color as while as white people.
The session helps the participants think critically about the ubiquity of white culture and to proactively de-center whiteness in their personal practice. This session has two programs (1) Educators and (2) Artists/Teaching Artists. This workshop is designed for people of color as while as white people.
Challenging Racial Aggression in the Workplace
This session is structured for participants to share experiences of racial aggression in the workplace and use theatre and other interactive activities to brainstorm how to respond and make broader changes in office culture. This workshop can be structured as solidarity building for people of color and as an allyship workshop with people of color and/or white people.
Introduction to "Implicit Bias"
This workshop is designed for adults and young adults interested in learning about the attitudes and behaviors that can dictate our behavior leading to potentially discriminating action. This workshop is designed for people of color as while as white people.
Lemons to Lemonade: Exploring Black Women's US Liberation Movement through Beyoncé's Lemonade
This 6 part workshop uses Beyoncé's visual album lemonade as the vehicle for learning about the past and ongoing work of Black women to live in peace in American society. Some topics include the history of music and dance as tool of liberation, objectification of the Black female body, colorism, politicization of Black hair, and fight to maintain religious ritual. This workshop is designed for people of color.
Introduction to Social Justice Work
This workshop is designed to prepare young activists to identify their leadership styles and to thoughtfully consider their role in social justice work. This workshop is designed for young people ages 18-22 of all backgrounds.
CONVERSATIONS ON RACE & RACISM
Rebecca combines her background as an educator/facilitator and actor with the critical analysis of race and racism developed as a civil rights advocate to facilitate dialogue around race. She will work with you to design a session specific to your group or community that:
"Rebecca's ability to facilitate an open space to talk about sensitive issues comes second to none! She was a perfect fit for Open Hearts in that she really gave people the freedom to feel what the felt and express it in a unique way. Being that most of the attendees are artists, she was able to tie in really fun exercises that allowed us to use our artistic perspective to express our sadness, pain and frustration. Her exercises were well thought out and executed with impeccable care and knowledge of the room. Open Hearts will most certainly have her back!"
-Khori Petinaud- Founder of Open Hearts
"Rebecca is all you want in a facilitator—thoughtful, caring, well-prepared, inspiring, and playful. I would highly recommend her. She’s an absolute pleasure to work with."
-Ellen Meyers, Founder of The Hope Reichbach Fund
"I recently had the opportunity to work with Rebecca [on a] one-time workshop for Staten Island Arts called, 'De-centering Whiteness: Exploring Unconscious Racial Biases in your Creative Practice & Programming.' This workshop was geared towards individuals with creative practices, who were led by Rebecca to think critically about the ubiquity of white culture in the arts and introduced to some ways to identify those ideas and proactively de-center whiteness in their projects.
Two-hours is a short amount of time to tackle this subject, but Rebecca's consultation leading up to the event helped us to narrow the agenda and prepare for the kind of conversations and perspectives that would be in the room. Also, her use of theater techniques and exercises helped to breathe life and movement into some very difficult but important conversations between workshop participants. We are already plotting ways to bring her back for more than just one session next time. I highly recommend reaching out to Rebecca!"
-Monica Valenzuela, Deputy Director, Staten Island Arts
"Rebecca led an amazing workshop for our congregation on “Challenging and Identifying Racism in a Colorblind Community.” Her style of engagement is generous, warm, funny, and strong. She knows exactly what she is trying to convey, the information she needs to unpack, all in an approachable and manageable format. What was most impressive was the time she took when I first contacted her to understand who our community is and what our goals are. Rebecca then devised a brand new game for us based on that initial conversation. This was no cookie-cutter repeat program. I can’t recommend her highly enough!"
-Rabbi Peter Schweitzer, The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, New York City
"I was recently embraced and included within a diverse community of souls discussing Race and systemic racism under the guidance of guest speaker Rebecca Golfman at my first Open Hearts event, created by Khori Petinaud. Here, the idea of "artivism" was first introduced to me by Ms. Golfman with her humble grace and her enlightening astuteness. Her gentle nature engages her audience with her unassuming, yet fearless and confident, words of wisdom for all people of color. Rebecca Golfman's presence is a force to be reckoned with, and is a name that will not easily be forgotten."
- Shannon, workshop participant
"Rebecca's group reflection and discussion sessions use a variety of exercises and practices that allow for open dialogue through word, art and movement. With current events that leave communities and peoples divided, Rebecca's researched methods provide a safe space to dive into controversial topics, break down belief systems, and allow room for growth and understanding. I truly believe that her background, passion and knowledge that creates this unique "group experiment" will lead to innovative approaches that will change the dialogue into something constructive, providing a stable stepping stone that is necessary for a better tomorrow!"
-Katy, workshop participant