The $33 million Museum of African American Music, Art & Culture coming to downtown Nashville has named Paula Roberts as executive director.
Plans for the 55,000-square-foot museum along the historic Jefferson Street corridor were unveiled in April. It will pay tribute to the contributions of African Americans in arts and music nationally and internationally.
Roberts is former director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee State University. She will be responsible for strategic and operational planning, governance, financial managment and overall advancement of the museum as it prepares to begin construction.
“Paula’s leadership and expertise represents a significant step forward ... as we move toward breaking ground,” chairman Kevin Lavender says. “With the museum, we strive to provide an enriching national resource that further solidifies Nashville as one of America’s top historic and cultural centers. We are delighted that Paula will help to lead us toward this result.”
The museum will serve as the nation’s most significant digital repository of African American music.
“I am honored to join the leadership team of this iconic museum,” Roberts says. “The emphasis of music allows the (museum) to stand as a staple in this city’s rich and diverse heritage.”