Carolyn Greene who lives in Mobile, Alabama is an advocate for people with disabilities and a professional artist. She is a member of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile and PleinAirSouth. Her paintings have won many awards and are in public and private collections. She particularly enjoys painting en plein air on our beautiful Gulf Coast.
Carolyn attended The Prew School in Sarasota, Florida; she graduated from Stuart Hall, an Episcopal preparatory school in Staunton, Virginia; she attended Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C. and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in art and education. She has also studied music and dance; and mime at the New York Academy of Dramatic Art. She attended the Katherine Gibbs School in New York City.
As mother of two adult sons, one of whom had a near drowning accident at age two and 1/2 years, Carolyn has been dedicated to studying and implementing rehabilitative therapies; studying also with MOVE (Movement Opportunities Via Education) International in Bakersfield, California This background and the desire to enhance the lives of those with significant disabilities led to teaching art to people of differing abilities.
As an advocate Carolyn served as a member of the Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities for 18 years; was a member of the Consumer Advisory Council at UAB Civitan International Research Center, The Alabama Respite Coalition and has been on many other state advocacy committees. She is continually involved in advocating for the enhancement of lives of people with disabilities.
Carolyn led the VSA Alabama visual arts programs at the Independent Living Center of Mobile, the Mobile ARC and the Clarke County ARC. She was awarded through VSA Alabama, The Deane Corliss Exemplary Teaching Artist Award for 2011.
She was employed 2001-2019 by the Mobile ARC as a teaching artist for their adult day programs and was awarded in 2011 for her work on the GM&O Art Project.
Carolyn was awarded as Mobile’s Art Educator of the Year for 2012 by the Mobile Arts Council.
Carolyn was employed by the Mobile Arc and AltaPointe Health Services DD Division in Community Outreach and as an Employment Specialist before joining Full Life Ahead Foundation in January 2020 as Discovery/Employment Specialist/Artist serving the South Alabama region. She is currently on the boards of The Arc of Mobile County, The Independent Living Center of Mobile, and is a member of The Mobile Advisory Commission for the Disabled. She is also an Ambassador for Charting the LifeCourse Community of Practice. Carolyn is thrilled now to be a part of the Full Life Ahead Foundation.