Ebony Noelle Golden talks about Conscious Creativity

Ebony Noelle Golden, CEO of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, speaks about Conscious Creativity.
Ebony Noelle Golden, CEO of Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, speaks about Conscious Creativity.

What does it mean to use creativity in an intentional way for community building and social change? Ebony Noelle Golden, CEO of Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative recently visited Atlanta to share thoughts and ideas for using a conscious creative practice to build engage community in a collaborative, constructive way.

In partnership with the Center for Civic Innovation‘s South Downtown Initiative and the M. Rich Center for Creative Arts, Media and Technology, C4 Atlanta presented Ebony Noelle Golden’s keynote talk on March 11, 2016. Aimed at getting those interested talking about using the arts across disciplines, this talk brought together city organizers and planners, studio artists, organizational leaders, business owners, property developers, and many more to explore the topic of conscious creativity.

Below are some photos from her talk. The transcript of her speech is available to download as a PDF here: Speech Transcript.

Ebony invites all in our community to sing and dance and share their communal creative spirit.
Ebony invites all in our community to sing and dance and share their communal creative spirit.
Attendees were asked to turn to their neighbor, introduce themselves and talk about why they were here.
Attendees were asked to turn to their neighbor, introduce themselves and talk about why they were here.
Ebony asks audience members to share their conversations about who they met. Many community members spoke with leaders in other sectors whom they might not have met otherwise.
Ebony asks audience members to share their conversations about who they met. Many people spoke to a neighbor who was involved in a different community building sector than themselves.
Ebony talks about the need for community building to start as a regular practice within the community. Issues cannot be solved by "outsiders" who "have the right answers".
Ebony talks about the need for true community building and conversation to start as a regular practice within organizations and groups. Issues cannot be solved by “outsiders” who “have the right answers”. She urged us instead to take her experiences and include the knowledge as a part of an ongoing practice of love for the community.
A community leader from Alternate Roots discusses concerns and questions regarding community building with a member of the Urban Land Institute.
A community leader from Alternate Roots discusses concerns and questions regarding community building with a member of the Urban Land Institute.

 

 

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