Ebony Bailey, Ph.D.



Ebony has always been passionate about creating museum spaces that tell diverse stories, engage multiple audiences, and facilitate deep conversations. As an art student and museum intern, Ebony collaborated with colleagues and community groups to highlight unacknowledged histories and support marginalized artists and practitioners. She has also applied her teaching and writing background to museum education and interpretation, helping assess educational programs and craft interpretive strategies. Joining RK&A in 2021, Ebony brings this interdisciplinary background to her role. While she has a diverse skillset, Ebony enjoys helping RK&A clients identify critical qualitative insights, assess audience needs, reassess goals, and build community relationships. At the firm, Ebony has assisted in coordinating and analyzing qualitative research.

Outside of work, Ebony is actively involved in the museum world. She researches current museum trends as a committee member of EdCom, American Alliance of Museums’ Education Professional Network. She also serves as an intern for the African American Craft Initiative at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage. During her free time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and choreographing dance performances.

Published Works, Select Articles By Ebony Bailey, Ph.D.

“How Can Education Programs Help Bridge the Digital Divide?”  
In American Alliance of Museums Blog, Nov. 2021.
Ebony Bailey, Ph.D. and Kerry Sautner  

This blog post takes a deeper look at current museum trends identified in the 2021 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In this post, Ebony and Kerry explore how museums sought to address the digital divide made deeper by the pandemic, and how ongoing commitment to access, equity, and partnerships allowed educators to shift in new ways to support their regular audiences. 

(Re)Making the Folk: Black Representation and the Folk in Early American Folklore Studies,”
Journal of American Folklore, Fall 2021.
By Ebony Bailey, Ph.D.

This article details the origins of American folklore studies by examining how “the folk” were repeatedly equated to Black Americans. This article combines insights from literary studies, history, and folklore studies to show how folklore was intimately intertwined in nineteenth- and twentieth century discussions about race.  

Q&A: Mark Lomax
The Wexner Center for the Arts Blog, Jan. 2019
By Ebony Bailey, Ph.D.

In this interview, Ebony talks to Columbus-based musician Dr. Mark Lomax II about his powerful 12-ablum cycle, 400: An Afrikan Epic. Moving between improvisational jazz and modern classical forms, 400: An Afrikan Epic chronicles a legacy of Black people in America. Dr. Lomax and Ebony discuss the album cycle’s musical inspirations, his incorporation of Black musical traditions, and his contributions to the Wexner Center and the Columbus community.