The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center
In this episode of The Black Experience in Austin, we will talk about The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center with Carre Adams, its Curator/Culture & Arts Manager – its history, services, and importance to the Black community in Austin.
The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center’s motto is “Our People, Our History, Our Culture. As per its website: “Through the preservation and exhibition of African American material culture, history, and aesthetic expression, the Carver Museum works to create a space where the global contributions of all Black people are celebrated. We accomplish this by telling stories about our local community and connecting those histories to larger narratives about Blackness.”
Beginning as a 1,896 square foot building that housed Austin’s first library, the current Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center is housed in a 36,000 square-foot facility that includes four galleries, a conference room, classroom, darkroom, dance studio, 134-seat theatre, and archival space. It is owned and operated by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Division of Museums and Cultural Programs.
Carre Adams, Lead Curator/Culture & Arts Manager of theGeorge Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center.
Carre serves in a the museum’s top leadership role. Prior to that Carre served as the center’s Associate Curator and Coordinator of Exhibitions.
Carre has also worked with a variety of arts and justice organizations that prioritize underserved and underrepresented communities. A mixed media artist, creative consultant, and filmmaker, Caree received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College in Visual Arts and African and African Diaspora Studies. His past projects and collaborations have been featured on KLRU’s “Arts in Context,” Feministing, Art in America, and Forbes.
A former co-director at allgo, a statewide queer people of color arts and advocacy organizations, Carre has repeatedly sought professional opportunities that allow him to merge his creative pursuits with movements for racial and economic justice. He is a former“We Shall Overcome”fellow whose work has been supported by Alternate ROOTS and The Highlander Research and Education Center.
Carre is currently a member of Big Medium’s 2019 Studio Tour Review Committee.
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Curator/Culture & Arts Manager, The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center
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