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. She received an AB in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University in 2008. Continuing her studies at Rutgers University, Lauren received her MA in Criminal Justice with a focus on art crimes in 2011. In her graduate years, Lauren served as a Graduate Research Assistant as well as a substitute teacher in West Orange Public Schools. Lauren was most recently Program Associate at Victoria Foundation. At the Victoria Foundation, Lauren supported the foundation’s work in arts education and summer learning. As Program Associate, Lauren served on the Newark Museum Education Committee. Lauren is a member of the Leadership Newark class of 2014. Currently, she serves on the board of the Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committee. Lauren continues to serve the West Orange community as a supporter of the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for life.



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.

Porche Hardy

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

Natasha Dyer

Director of Operations, Newark Trust for Education; Co-Chair, Communications Committee

Margaret El

Arts Lead, Newark Public Schools; Co-Chair, Professional Development Committee

Chiho Feindler

Senior Director, Vh1 Save the Music Foundation

Jeremy V. Johnson

Executive Director, Newark Arts Council; AEN Executive Committee

Jee-Hoon Krska

Founder, Keys 2 Success; Treasurer, NAER Executive Committee

Marshell Jones Kumahor

Vice President of Education, NJ Symphony Orchestra; Secretary, Executive Committee

Wendy Liscow

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

Lauren Meehan

Director, Arts Ed Newark

Gwen Moten

Executive Director of the Division of Arts, Cultural Development & Tourism City of Newark

Tamara Remedios

Founder, Cool CAT; Parent Representative

Antoinette Richardson

Chief Education Officer, City of Newark

Misha Simmonds

Senior Portfolio Director, Newark Charter School Fund; Charter School Representative

Alysia Souder

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

Sonnet Takahisa

Arts, Education and Philanthropy Consultant, Arts & Cultural Strategies, Inc.

Jennifer Tsukyama

Assistant Vice President, Arts Education, NJPAC

Bob Morrison

Director, Arts Ed New Jersey


Trauma-Informed Care and the Arts Training Series


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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