Jubilee 11213: The Keeping

Ebony Noelle Golden is a performance artist, scholar, and culture strategist whose work consists of site-specific performance rituals and live art installations that explore relationships between creativity and liberation.

Artist Bio

Jubilee 11213: The Keeping is a cultural organizing and community performance project inspired by the founding of the Weeksville community in 1838. Devised by Ebony Noelle Golden and Jupiter Performance Studio, Jubilee 11213: The Keeping explores self-determination, spirituality, sensuality, and sovereignty as critical components of the Black liberation continuum, as well as the movement for reparations. The three-year project spans seven phases of community engagement, learning, and creative development of the project’s theatrical ceremony.

Jubilee 11213: The Keeping culminated with a public sharing of The Keeping, a theatrical ceremony that activated the entire Weeksville Heritage Center campus and surrounding area on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

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Black and white semi-profile image of a woman with back length Locs looking seriously at the viewer, with one hand propped on a white brick wall. Her nails are polished gold.

Ebony Noelle Golden

New York, NY

Ebony Noelle Golden is a theatrical ceremonialist, culture strategist, entrepreneur, and public scholar. In 2009, Ebony founded Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, a culture consultancy that devises systems, strategies, and social justice solutions nationally. In 2020, she founded Jupiter Performance Studio, a space to study and practice Black diasporic performance traditions. Winner of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Transformational Practice AwardGolden works to incite and ignite the creative capacity of everyday folks in service of liberation and collective wellbeing. Her practice is rooted in community-design, ritual performance, and leadership development through a womanist and Black feminist praxis. Invoking messy, magical, and medicinal processes, Ebony and her collaborators work to conjure a better world.