Born and raised in West Orange, NJ, Lauren Meehan pursued music, playing violin at the age of 8. While perfecting her musical craft in her teens, she performed at Lincoln Center, the Capitol, and the United Nations. A former youth violinist, she recognizes the need for early and engaging arts education opportunities for young people. She has been an active participant in the arts, education and philanthropic communities since, serving as a founding member and later the co-chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers Emerging Leaders Affinity group, a 2014 Leadership Newark Fellow, and is a charter member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education Emerging Leaders Affinity Group. She graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s in Art & Archeology in 2008 and completed a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University in 2010, focusing on art crime. Lauren currently serves on the board of the Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committee and interviews applicants in greater Newark with the Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee. She also works with the Princeton University Office of Career Services and the FLI Program for low-income, first-generation undergraduate students.



Project Coordinator

Mayuri Chandra has worked for arts organizations and museums for over thirteen years developing, administering and evaluating programs for audiences of all ages in cities such as Boston, New York and London. For two academic years, she managed all teen programming in- and out-of schools at Studio in A School in New York City across all five boroughs. In her time there, she managed mentorships, workshops, internships and afterschool classes, developing curricula, administering sites and reporting feedback to foundations and funders. As the sole staff member of American Friends of Attingham, a British-based NGO committed to the study of historic houses, she managed membership, development, and communication of a network of alumni, consisting of leaders across arts fields around the world. Immediately following her Masters in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005, she worked for two years in the Adult Education department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, overseeing programs in the galleries and a weekly lecture series.


The Arts Ed Newark Leadership Council guides the strategic initiatives of the AEN. Partners are elected and appointed.

Natasha Dyer

Director of Operations, Newark Trust for Education; Co-Chair, Engagement Committee; NAC Rep

Margaret El

Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Newark Public Schools

Chiho Feindler

Senior Director, Vh1 Save the Music Foundation; AEN Executive Committee

Porche Hardy

Program Officer, Arts Education, NJ State Council on the Arts

Jeremy V. Johnson

Executive Director, Newark Arts Council; AEN Executive Committee

Jee-Hoon Krska

Founder, Keys 2 Success; Treasurer, AEN Executive Committee

Wendy Liscow

Program Director for Education, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Co-Chair, Capacity-Building Committee

Lauren Meehan

Director, Arts Ed Newark

Bob Morrison

Director, Arts Ed New Jersey

Taneshia Nash Laird

President and CEO, Newark Symphony Hall

Tamara Remedios

Founder, Cool CAT; Parent Representative

Antoinette Richardson

Chief Education Officer, City of Newark

Carla Robinson

Executive Director, United Parks As One; AEN Executive Committee

Fayemi Shakur

Arts and Cultural Affairs Director, City of Newark

Alysia Souder

Executive Director, Institute of Music for Children; Chair, AEN Executive Committee

Jennifer Tsukyama

Assistant Vice President, Arts Education, New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Co-Chair, Capacity-Building Committee


Arts Ed Newark is made possible by the generous support of: Turrell Fund, The Prudential Foundation, The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, The Victoria Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts



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