Carol J. Alexander
President & Chief Creative Officer MaBu: A Cultural Resource Company
Carol J. Alexander is an arts management executive, producer, storyteller and educator with a passion for culture and history that has taken her around the globe, led to the founding of two Florida museums, a theater, and the renovation of the National Museum of Liberia, and fostered her success in the business and nonprofit worlds. As President & Chief Creative Officer of MaBu: A Cultural Resource, Carol assists organizations and individuals seeking to deepen their understanding of themselves and the cultures around them.
MaBu designed and curated three floors of art and history exhibitions and oversaw the reopening of the National Museum of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia, at the request of then- president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2017. The museum’s 2017 rebirth -- after nearly 20 years -- represented an important turning point for Liberia after a devastating 14-year civil war. In addition to gathering artifacts, commissioning new art works and exhibits, Carol engaged scholars, craftspeople and students, solicited donors and planned every aspect of the opening celebration.
Known as a captivating storyteller and emcee, Carol is in local and global demand as a speaker. She has delighted audiences at the 49th Anniversary of the Callaloo Conference at Oxford University, the National Museum of Liberia in Monrovia, been featured on ABC News Nightline, testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Environment Committee, and hosted Amateur Night at the Ritz for more than 12 years.
Prior to her current endeavors, Carol was the Founding Executive Director of Jacksonville’s prestigious Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, which celebrates and preserves the performing and visual arts legacy – as well as the historic and
cultural experience -- of African Americans in Northeast Florida. As the founding director of the museum and theater, and driving force behind the creation of the $6M, 32,000 s.f. facility, Carol guided the institution’s artistic and educational programming for 14 years. In the process, she made the Ritz the leading African American arts institution in Northeast Florida. Carol’s groundbreaking work at the museum included the creation of an animatronics presentation celebrating Jacksonville’s native sons James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson, along with a permanent exhibit on the rich history of African Americans in Northeast Florida. On the theatre side, Carol also produced artistic and educational programming that presented in-depth information on African American and African Diasporan culture and history.
Carol founded and has directed the artistic and educational operations at the American Beach Museum on Amelia Island since it opened in 2014. Since establishing the museum’s facility and producing its opening events and exhibit (The Sands of Time: An American Beach Story) in 2014, she has continued to provide guidance as Director, on a pro bono basis, as a tribute to the lifetime dream of her spiritual mother, MaVynee Betsch, the historian, activist and environmentalist known as “The Beach Lady” of American Beach. In 2019, she produced and presented the American Beach Museum’s 5th Anniversary celebration, a three event program series featuring national and international luminaries.
In her various roles, Carol has produced events and shows for organizations and created artistic and educational programming for corporations and educational institutions. She has also managed and presented artists, developed and presented innovative programs, and produced a host of unique events characterized by rich creative content and meticulous planning and execution. Presently, her company is working with the International African Arts Festival 50th Anniversary to be presented globally in 2021.
Virginia State University, Bachelor of Arts,
Temple University, Master of Education, M.Ed