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Newark Arts Appoints LeBeaux Craig as Executive Director

The Newark Arts has appointed Lauren LeBeaux Craig, Esq. as executive director. LeBeaux Craig joined Newark Arts in 2016, after first serving on the Board of Directors. For the past seven years, she led Newark Arts marketing and branding efforts, helped to drive key partnerships connecting local artists to development projects, and spearheaded the creative strategy behind the award-winning Newark Arts Festival. As a trauma-conscious yoga teacher and shamanic practitioner, LeBeaux Craig brings healing-centered leadership to the organization. She served as the organization’s interim executive director for the past eight months and is now poised to lead Newark Arts into the next chapter in its history.

Newark Arts has also appointed four new members of its Board of Directors. Among the elected members is American MC, rapper, DJ, record producer and actor Reggie ‘Redman’ Noble; Kim Alexander-Cook, director of social impact and community investment for Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of NJ; Andrew Coombs, president and CEO, Coombs CPA, PC; and Newark-native Chisa Hutchinson, a playwright who teaches creative writing at the University of Delaware.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to shape the future of this dynamic anchor arts organization, support the critical needs of our diverse artist community, and promote Newark as a city of the arts and a model for community-focused creative placemaking. As we strategically plan for the next five years of transformational growth at Newark Arts, I am excited to raise capital, expand our services and capacity, and center the voice of artists as we grow the region’s creative economy,” said LeBeaux Craig.

“The Board of Directors is thrilled to appoint Ms. Lauren LeBeaux Craig as the executive director of Newark Arts following eight months of exemplary leadership and years of service that have brought innovative change and growth to the organization. As we embark on this new phase of Newark Arts, the addition of four new, highly skilled and dedicated members of the Board will further contribute to an era of visionary expansion of Newark as a City of the Arts with our organization providing continued services to our artists and the arts ecosystem,” said Marcy S. DePina, President of Newark Arts’ Board.

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