Propelled by an unflinching pursuit of creative emancipation, cultural wellness, and social justice Ebony Noelle Golden, native of Houston, Texas currently residing in the Bronx, serves as principal engagement strategist at Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative and the artistic director of Body Ecology Womanist Performance Project.
BDAC is a cultural arts direct action group that works to inspire, instigate, and incite transformation, radical expressiveness, and progressive social change through community-designed, culturally-relevant, engagement initiatives, and creative projects.
As a strategist, Golden consults, co-creates, designs, implements, and evaluates impact-driven projects and initiatives that push for social transformation. To date, Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative has worked with more than fifty organizations. Click here to view our collaborator portfolio.
As an artist-scholar, Golden stages site-specific rituals + live art productions that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now. In 2016, she developed a seminar course, served as a lecturer of Womanist and Black Feminist performance art at The New School, and co-edited an anthology of experimental womanist writing published by Obsidian Journal of Literature and Arts.
In 2017, Golden will serve as Activist-in-Residence at the University of Oklahoma and Artist-in-Residence at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. During this time, Golden will develop 125th and Freedom, a performance art installation of ten choreopoetic rituals along 125th street between the Hudson and Harlem Rivers exploring home, migration, displacement, and the eradication of black space due to gentrification.
Ebony has been nominated for a Pushcart Poetry Prize and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Alternate Roots, Space on Ryder, Highlander Center for Research and Education, and North Carolina A&T University, to name some. Her performance work, choreography, and directing projects have been staged at Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, The Ensemble Theatre (Houston, TX), Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, Judson Memorial Church, Hayti Heritage Center (Durham, NC), Harlem School of the Arts, DC Arts Center, and The Theatre at St. Claude (New Orleans), among others.
Golden holds a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from New York University, where she focused on the radical application of womanist performance for social change; a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from American University, where she completed a book-length manuscript of poems titled “jigaboo princess”; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from Texas A&M University, where her early work was published in a book on creative writing pedagogy.
BDAC is affectionately named after Ebony’s mother Dr. Betty Ann Sims who is a retired professor, social worker, and youth interventionist. www.bettysdaughterarts.com
BDACs Call to Action--
Through rigorous, collaboratively-designed, culturally-relevant, creative projects, Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative works to inspire, instigate, and incite transformation, radical expressiveness, and progressive social change with community.