Clinton Fluker, curator of African American collections in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, has been appointed Emory University Libraries and Museum’s inaugural senior director of culture, community, and partner engagement for the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Emory Libraries effective June 1, 2023.
Valeda F. Dent, Emory’s vice provost of libraries and museum, said this newly created position will enhance community-facing collaborations and elevate the work of building and maintaining key partnerships, programs, and initiatives with community members and stakeholders. She described the work of this new position as inclusive and interactive, with a focus on connecting the Libraries and the Museum to Atlanta’s current and historical arts and activist community and enhancing opportunities for related cultural and scholarly activities.
In this role, Fluker will also be responsible for nurturing relationships with a broad cross section of internal and external constituents, as well as discovering new areas for growth. The role will entail close collaboration with Emory partners such as the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Emory Arts, Student Affairs, Emory’s schools and colleges, the Office of Religious Life, the James Weldon Johnson Institute, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and many others. Facilitating new external partnerships with local HBCU museums, community galleries, and other spaces where arts and culture are prominent is a key feature of this role, as is engaging with artists in the local Atlanta community.
Within the Libraries and the Carlos Museum, Fluker will work directly with DEI leadership, communications, University Librarian Lisa Macklin, Museum Director Henry Kim, the Rose Library staff, museum curators, advancement, and other departments to accomplish this work.
Fluker became the Rose Library curator of African American collections in February 2021. He was previously the assistant director of engagement and scholarship at the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library, where he supervised the Archives Research Center and the GLAM Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning. He was the outreach coordinator and open educational resource specialist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, and prior to that, a curatorial assistant in the same Rose Library African American collections of which he is now curator.
Fluker earned his BA in philosophy from Morehouse College and his MA and PhD in American Studies from Emory University.
A search will be launched to fill Fluker’s current position.