The Brooklyn Museum today announced the creation of two new rolls and unveiled their inaugurators, art news reports. Adjoa Jones de Almeida will serve as Deputy Director for Learning and Social Impact, while Carolyn Royston joins the museum as Deputy Director for Engagement. Jones de Almeida will leave the education division of the museum, of which she has been director since 201, while Royston joins from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York, where she is director of experience.
Both bring extensive experience to their roles. Before coming to the Brooklyn Museum in 2013, Jones de Almeida founded the Bahia, Brazil-based organizations Sista II Sista in 1996 and Diaspora Solidária about a decade later. In her new position, she will continue to lead the education division and oversee the museum’s public programs and community engagement teams. She is responsible for creating a sustainable, long-term strategy for engaging the public, one that addresses global themes such as mass criminalization and climate change while staying connected to the surrounding community.
“I am thrilled to help reimagine the role of museums in people’s lives through innovative collaborations centered on the needs and perspectives of POC and working-class communities, while continuing our commitment to access, ‘widespread inclusion and dialogue across differences,” Jones de Almeida said. .
Prior to joining Cooper Hewitt, Royston held senior positions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; the Imperial War Museums, which has five sites across England; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. At the Brooklyn Museum, she will seek to increase and sustain museum audience engagement through digital initiatives.