Everson Hires Director of Learning and Engagement

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SYRACUSE, NY (January 12, 2022): The Everson Museum of Art is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, Adam Carlin has been hired as Director of Learning and Engagement. In this newly-created senior leadership position, Carlin will develop a pedagogical strategy that aligns with the Everson’s commitment to DEAI values, with a focus on expanding access to meaningful learning opportunities across the museum experience—onsite, in the community, and virtually—for all ages and abilities. Carlin will direct a department that encompasses youth and family programs, adult classes and events, community engagement and outreach, and an established docent-led tour program. Carlin will also provide staff leadership to the Equity & Engagement Committee of the Board of Trustees. He will take up his position at the Everson in mid-February.

On entering his new role, Carlin said, “The Everson has long-established itself in the industry as a space that is not afraid to embrace new and innovative ideas. I am excited to continue the Everson’s legacy of firsts by reimagining the Museum’s learning and engagement initiatives in consideration and collaboration with the Syracuse community and beyond. I look forward to ensuring educational and outreach programming at the Everson is accessible, equitable, diverse, and reflective of contemporary educational and engagement practices.”

An educator, administrator, and social practice artist, Carlin comes to the Everson from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where he holds the dual position of Director of Greensboro Project Space, an off-campus contemporary art center, and Director of Community Engagement for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. There, he created and supported community engagement programs and advanced partnerships between UNCG and the community. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University. His programs and projects have been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mellon Foundation, among others.

“There were many impressive candidates for this position, but Adam stood out in terms of his innovative approach to reaching new audiences through the lens of art and social responsibility” said Everson Director & CEO Elizabeth Dunbar. “The Board and I are confident that Adam’s passion as an educator and artist for experimenting with dynamic strategies for engaging diverse communities will be an asset to the Everson and the Syracuse community as a whole.”

About the Everson Museum of Art
The Everson is a museum of firsts. It was the first museum to dedicate itself to the collection of American art, to create a permanent collection of ceramics, to collect video art, to create a docent program and to hire the now internationally-known architect I.M. Pei to design its building, a sculptural work of art in its own right. Located in Syracuse, NY, the Everson is home to over 10,000 works of art: American paintings, sculpture, drawings, video, graphics and one of the largest holdings of international ceramics in the nation. Visit everson.org to learn more.