Veronica Adams-Cooper has been on a 25-year journey of Beloved Engagement™ to fulfill a calling that she received in October 1994—to, “Create a foundation to help people of color heal from traumatic experiences.” This work has culminated two-fold. In 2018, it led to her being invited to write a peer-reviewed chapter on the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act for the, Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, a major reference work by Springer, a leading publisher in the field of public administration. And in 2016, it led to the start of the implementation phase of, The Artesian Renaissance, that she conceptualized in 2014 (www.artriumph.net).
THE ARTESIAN RENAISSANCE
The Artesian Renaissance is an Arts & Humanities-based, cultural renaissance celebration perpetually honoring, 'The 400-Year Triumph of African American History from 1619-2019’ (THEART™). Following in the pathways of the Harlem Renaissance and the Chicago Black Renaissance, The Artesian Renaissance, serves as inspiration for a new genre in the Arts & Humanities and other creative fields for artists and the public to tell the stories of individuals, families, communities, and societies transcending through triumph—the impact of the 400-year struggle for freedom.
On Thursday, August 1, 2019, Veronica and sister midwives in three states and five cities (Linda Means, Albany, GA; Cynthia Griffen Mitchell, Aiken, SC; Brittany DeJan, Atlanta, GA: Nneka Nora Osakwe, Albany, GA; Jasmine Williams-Washington, Jackson, MS; Kimberly Marshall Harrell, Macon, GA and Njemile Ali, Albany, GA, birthed The Artesian Renaissance through a YouTube Live Broadcast via zoom.us.
Njemile Ali, the host of the groundbreaking podcast series, Blood & Spirit: Black Families Evolving (anchor.fm/njemile-ali), features background information on Veronica's journey in developing The Artesian Renaissance in the podcast - 400 Years: The Triumph of Presence.
ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY
Veronica integrates her avocation of creative artistry for, THEART™, through writing poetry, spoken word, songs, short stories, plays and engaging in photography and videography with her public service profession. Presently, she is a tenured, professor at Albany State University (ASU) in Albany, GA (www.asurams.edu). She is on the graduate faculty for the NASPAA accredited, Master of Public Administration program, in the College of Professional Studies.
She serves as the internship/project coordinator and founding director for the Lois B. Hollis Center for Social Equity (i.e., value of fairness, justice, and equality). The center features the National Issues Forums (www.nifi.org), deliberative democracy, citizen engagement model. As a public scholar, her areas of teaching, service, and research include social equity/ethics/accountability, community and economic development, nonprofit administration, citizen participation, and restorative development through, THEART™.
SELECTED PUBLIC SERVICE
Veronica serves as a University of Georgia System-wide mediator. Recently, she was elected in 2018 to a multi-term, at-large regional representative post for the Conference of Minority Public Administrators section (COMPA) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). She serves as vice president for the board of directors for the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education (SWGAP). Veronica serves her silver life membership in the NAACP with the Albany, Dougherty branch.
Some of Veronica’s campus and community contributions and achievements since arriving in Albany in January 2002 include her April 2002 establishment of the ASU chapter of NASPAA's Pi Alpha Alpha Global Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration. In October 2002, she founded, The Estus Smith Vineyard Healing Foundation, Inc., now d/b/a, ARTriumph Historical Society for The Artesian Renaissance. Veronica serves as President & CEO of this real-world laboratory that fosters education and social equity through, THEART™. Through a collaboration with ASU, the organizations operated the ESVHF Center for Public Deliberation and Engagement at ASU from 2005-2010.
Additionally, the City of Albany (www.albany.ga.us) commissioned Veronica in 2010 to conduct its poverty analysis. In 2011, Veronica was a recipient of the International City/County Management Association's (ICMA) Academic Award in Memory of Stephen B. Sweeney. Further, she led ASU’s establishment of its Center of Excellence for Community Engagement in 2013. In 2018, Citizen University selected her for the 2019 Civic Seminary July Cohort (www.citizenuniversity.us). Capping off 16 years of campus service in the community, ASU presented Veronica with the Community Service of the Year Award for 2018-2019.
Describing herself as, ‘a blessed fulfillment of her Ancestors’ prayers,’ Veronica is humbled to be a first-generation college graduate for her family! She earned a Ph.D. in public administration from Jackson State University (www.jsums.edu) and a M.S. in criminal justice and B.A. degrees in sociology and psychology from Grambling State University (www.gram.edu). She is a lifetime member of both alumni associations.
Born in NJ, Veronica is one of four children (Alicia Adams Crute, Jermeakia Adams-Abouo, and Jerome Adams Jr. (belated)) of her belated parents, Jerome and Helen W. Adams. She is married to Anthony Cooper of LA who is also an educator at ASU in the Department of Biology. They are the parents of Leire, their belated, beloved son.