Carol L. Adams
President and CEO at Urban Prescriptive Inc., United States
Dr. Carol L. Adams is President of Urban Prescriptives, a consulting firm that specializes in program and organizational development for educational, social, cultural and philanthropic institutions. This venture merges the diverse experiences that comprise her remarkable career as an applied sociologist, social activist, and arts administrator.
An esteemed educator, Dr. Adams helped to bring about the convergence of art and education in Chicago, particularly in its museums and public schools. As founding director of MAPS (Museums And Public Schools), she worked with museum educators to integrate their holdings into the Chicago Public Schools curriculum. During her tenure at the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), Adams founded the Museum Consortium, which resulted in each major museum in Chicago adopting a public housing development and mainstreaming its youth into their activities.
Adams has astutely moved from theory to practice in a number of key positions, among them: President and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History; Secretary of the Department of Human Services for the state of Illinois; Executive Director of the House of Blues Foundation; Director of Resident Services and Programs for the Chicago Housing Authority; Director of Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for Inner City Studies; and Director of African American Studies at Loyola University.
During her tenure as President of the DuSable Museum of African American History, Dr. Adams founded Museums Campus South to amplify the South side of Chicago as a cultural arts destination and engender collaboration among its member institutions. MCS’s founding members are: The DuSable Museum, the Logan Center of the Performing Arts, the Museum of Science and Industry, Oriental Institute, the Renaissance Society, and the Smart Museum.
Among her many awards and honors are: the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award in the Arts, the Outstanding Humanitarian Award from the NAACP, the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago Leadership in Education Award, Illinois Board of Higher Education Community Service Award and the Tradition Keepers Award from The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers. She’s also been named to Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100 List,” Today’s Chicago Woman’s 100 Women of Influence and Crain’s “Who’s Who in Chicago” List. Adams sits on the boards and advisory boards, among them: the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, After School Matters, and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
Carol was at Communicating the Museum Chicago to present Dare to Activate Social Change.