Atiba T. Edwards has been appointed the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, following his service as Acting President and CEO since mid-August and the departure of Stephanie Hill Wilchfort.
“I am deeply honored and excited to assume the role of president and CEO at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum,” Edwards said. “This institution holds a special place in the hearts of families and children in Brooklyn and beyond. BCM is a place I grew up coming to with my family during my childhood years. I am committed to continuing the museum’s legacy of providing a dynamic and enriching educational experience for all, and I look forward to working with our dedicated staff, board, and community partners to ensure the museum's continued success.”
Edwards has been part of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum since 2019, when he joined the institution as chief operating officer and executive vice president. Edwards oversaw various critical functions of the museum, including budget management, staff efficiency and spearheading an array of new offerings at the Museum, including the highly acclaimed ArtRink exhibition, launch of a mini-golf course and the inauguration of a state-of-the-art auditorium.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Edwards co-founded FOKUS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting and building communities through the arts. A native of St. Vincent and The Grenadines in the West Indies, Edwards grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and has developed a deep understanding of the diverse and vibrant communities the museum serves.
“We could not be more thrilled to welcome Atiba into this new role as President and CEO," said Amanda Sue Nichols, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
"Atiba has been a central player in the Museum’s success over the last four years, and was instrumental in guiding the museum through the Covid-19 pandemic. Atiba’s outstanding leadership during his time as Acting CEO and his proven dedication to the museum’s mission and the communities we serve make us confident that he is the right person to lead the Brooklyn Children’s Museum into the future.”