Sarah Fujiwara - Executive Director
Sarah came to the BAC in the Spring of 2014 with a strong background in child development and an eclectic set of experiences - teacher of preschoolers through college students, toy store owner, leader in a large state-wide nonprofit and adjunct faculty member at Wheelock College. These experiences allowed her to look at the BAC in a new, innovative way. Sarah had most recently been the Interim Executive Director at the New England Quilt Museum and was a member of the Cultural Organizations of Lowell (COOL) board and gained a love and appreciation of the arts through her graphic designer husband. With her knowledge of young children and passion for engaging them in meaningful learning and life experiences, she joined with Lauren and the faculty to build and deepen the BAC’s programming. Bringing back the favorite ‘Moms, Dads and Tots’ class and then evolving that into a strong parent/child program. Sarah’s work has focused on responding to the diverse interests and needs of our students - tots to adults. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from Wheelock College and a Masters in Child Study from Tufts University. Sarah is a quilter and a member of the Quilters Connection. She is also a Committee Member for the Men's Shelter at the First Church in Cambridge and participates on the Leadership and Early Childhood Committees for Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline. She spends a lot of time with her three grandsons – Ren and Kai (7 year old twins) and Otto (18 months).
Lauren Riviello - Director of Operations
Lauren joined the BAC as Communications & Administrative Coordinator in the Fall of 2013 and was promoted to Assistant Director in early 2014. She was promoted to Director of Operations in June 2016. Lauren’s passion for the visual and performing arts has driven her career focus, providing her with a strong background in arts administration and program development. In three nonprofit arts organizations, Lauren has worked to make art education and programs accessible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Her belief in and commitment to the mission of the BAC drives her everyday. Since joining the team, Lauren has been integral to the development and implementation of high quality and innovative programs. She has worked to elevate the BAC's gallery programming by establishing two annual themed juried exhibitions with guest jurors and by refining the process for exhibition proposals. Lauren has also worked to increase annual scholarship awards by over 50% over the past few years for low in-come children, teens and adults living in Brookline and the Greater Boston area. Lauren’s past roles include Managing Director of Gallery 263 in Cambridge and Media & Advertising Coordinator for Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University. Lauren is the Co-chair of the Healing Arts Committee for Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline and participates on the Steering Committee for Brookline Open Studios. She is a member of the Professional Organization of Women in the Arts and is a Young Friend of Lovin' Spoonfuls.
Sarah and Lauren have formed a vibrant partnership, celebrating the strong foundation laid by Mim and Barney Berliner, and by re-igniting their spirit with new programs, expanding favorites and creating a strong connection to the community - a true center for the arts. As we move forward, Sarah and Lauren are interested in further engaging the community — children, teens and adults in the arts through classes at the center, the development of public art and by providing opportunities to view unique perspectives from a diverse range of artists in our gallery and extending our outreach programs to the broader community.
Meghan Missett - Communications Coordinator
Meghan joined the BAC in September 2016 as Communications Coordinator. Meghan has a great deal of experience and passion for working with community-driven arts and nonprofit organizations. Her career focus has been on providing administrative and communications support for a variety of organizations. At the BAC, Meghan is working to maintain a professional, welcoming communications presence and capture the important role art plays in building community. Her past roles include Executive Assistant for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and Office Administrator for Intermountain Opera Bozeman, both in Bozeman, Montana. Meghan also completed an Americorps term of service with the Montana Conservation Corps and worked as a Marketing and Public Relations Intern for the Cambridge Arts Council. Meghan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Creative Advertising from Lasell College.
Léonie Little-Lex- Studio Coordinator/Faculty
Léonie joined the BAC as a teacher in 2011 and was hired as the BAC’s Studio Coordinator in March 2014. Since becoming Studio Coordinator, Léonie has worked to improve the BAC’s studio spaces and equipment. She has also been instrumental in exhibition installations and curriculum development, for which she was recognized with the BAC as Best of Boston ® 2015 Best Kids' Art Classes. Most recently, Léonie has worked with Sarah to implement a program for young adults ages 18-22 with autism and related disabilities. Léonie is also an illustrator, painter and printmaker. She has exhibited her work regionally and has had her work appear in local and independent art publications, most recently in upcoming Issue 2 of Milkfist Magazine. She holds a BFA in Illustration and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.