Carolyn Adams

Carolyn Adams and Associates
Carolyn Adams is president of Carolyn Adams & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in audience development for emerging and established museums. She is also a member of the executive committee for the James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art at Howard University.

Adams received a BA in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and is an alumna of the Virginia Executive Institute. She has worked with universities, not-for-profits, and corporations providing advice on community partnerships, customer service, and growth and retention of visitor and membership audiences.

Previously, Adams worked with museum professionals at Morgan State University to train graduate and undergraduate students in museum governance, fund development, community partnerships, and museum board development. She was director of community affairs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts through the $1.5 million Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Initiative on Accessibility, where she led initiatives to increase audience diversity. She created historical, cultural, and arts programming for a number of schools and institutions including the Richmond public schools and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. As a private gallery owner, she curated numerous exhibitions, including Artists of AFRICO-BRA at the Bayley Museum, University of Virginia, and A Photographic Exhibition of the History of African Americans in Virginia from 1619 to the Present.

Adams is the founder of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Friends of African and African American Art, one of the largest arts support groups of its kind. She has served on numerous boards and civic organizations, including the Association of African American Museums, Prince George's Arts Council of Maryland, and the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia. She is a founding member of the National Alliance of African and African American Art Support Groups, and a lifetime member of the NAACP.