Museum Coordinator Chosen for the A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center
Desmon Duncan-Walker is the new Museum Coordinator for the A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center. She is the daughter of Iris Duncan and George Walker, Jr. and the granddaughter of Collins and the late Gloria Chestnut Duncan and the late George, Sr. and Alma McDonald Walker. With a local family history that points back to pioneer citizens of Gainesville, her roots in Alachua County run deep.
Prior to joining Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Desmon enjoyed an exciting career with the Miami-Dade County Department of Park and Recreation’s Division of Arts and Culture (Miami, FL) as a Cultural Coordinator at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Division Marketing and Media Liaison at the division’s headquarters, and finally, as Director of the Roxcy O’Neal Bolton Women’s History Gallery. Selected as the first Director of the multi-million-dollar park and museum, she set the standard for the facility’s operations and programming and garnered the support and participation of some of the country’s most powerful and respected female leaders at the time (including civil and women’s rights activist -the late Roxcy O’Neal Bolton, social justice and human rights activist – Marleine Bastien, US Representative – Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, and Former Attorney General – the late Janet Reno). Beyond her pursuits in arts administration and management, Desmon is an award-winning actress, singer, director, producer, radio talk show host, and public speaker.
A proud product of the Alachua County School system, Desmon is a 1994 Graduate of Buchholz High School (where, among her various affiliations and achievements, she was a distinguished and award-winning member of the Varsity Debate Team and the first African-American female President of the Student Government Association). Desmon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL) and a Master of Science in Business Entertainment from Full Sail University (Orlando, FL).
She is a former Co-Chair of the CRA’s Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street Redevelopment Advisory Board and former writer, producer and talk show host for the Alachua County NAACP’s “The Voice” on Magic 101.3. Currently, she is the Founding Chair of the Alachua County Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women’s Committee to Organize, Coordinator of Impact! empowerment and outreach ministry, writer, producer and host of a new radio show slated to air in the Fall of 2017 on 90.1 FM The Beat, and an Office Assistant at her grandfather’s business – Duncan Brothers’ Funeral Home. Desmon is also a proud member of:
- Americans for the Arts
- The Actor’s Equity Association
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- The NAACP
- Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
In her spare time, she enjoys public speaking, reading, writing, meeting new people, traveling, spending time with family and friends and playing with her 8-year old Cocker Spaniel, Tylen.
She is pleased to return to work with the City if Gainesville in the department that ignited her fire for the arts as a child as the leadership of its newest arts facility.