Board of Directors
Learn more about the members of our talented and hardworking Board of Directors below!
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Cathy joined the Board in December 2017. She is a visual artist, primarily a painter and printmaker. She has worked as a professional landscape architect and project manager for several high profile design firms in Boston and Cambridge and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on large scale park projects. She has a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture as well as recently receiving a degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts Studio Diploma program.
Emily joined the Board in December 2019. She is an independent photographer and educator. She holds a BA in photography and art history from Hampshire College; an MA in community art education from RISD; and an MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Emily is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston. She teaches photography classes and workshops at the Griffin Museum of Photography, deCordova Museum, and at Lasell College. Learn more about Emily on her website https://www.emilybelzphotography.com/.
John Oliver, Chair
John Oliver joined the Board in December 2020. He is a Senior Assistant Branch Manager at Cambridge Savings Bank, and originally met the Arlington Center for the Arts as their Personal Banker. John graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and a Certificate in Religious Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2013. He is the President and Co-Founder of The BeatHeart Foundation, a small Non-Profit based in Reading, MA, whose mission is to celebrate local art and music while promoting addiction awareness and recovery. John is also an amateur drummer.
Julie Brown Neu, Treasurer
Julie Neu joined the Board in December 2020. She is a quilt and fiber artist whose work has been included in several recent ACA group shows and in the “Disarming: Memorial Quilts for Mass Shooting Victims” exhibit in 2019. She is also a digital strategist for Baker Library at Harvard Business School. Julie holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She and her family have lived in Arlington for more than a decade.
Karen joined the Board in December 2015. She has worked in arts administration for 16 years in Boston and New York. She currently serves as Director of Performance Operations at Celebrity Series, a non-profit performing arts presenter of music and dance performances that take place at a variety of venues within the cities of Boston and Cambridge. Her most recent work includes producing community-focused, large-scale, participatory outdoor projects (Street Pianos Boston, Le Grand Continental, Let’s Dance Boston). She recently moved from Somerville to Arlington with her husband and son.
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Margaret joined the Board in December 2016. She loves old stories and the characters that inhabit them. Her work as a puppeteer includes performing, teaching and presenting public shows. Having a vibrant arts center has made it more fun for Margaret to be an artist and mother in Arlington. She can’t wait to see the new ACA.
Nandana Mewada joined the Board in December 2020. She is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience in the sustainable investing industry having worked in the financial sector and with non-profit groups. An ACA “camp parent”, Nandana is an active resident volunteer for the arts, diversity and learning enrichment in Arlington. She and her family enjoy participating in community-based art projects in Arlington. She holds a Masters degree in Economics from Tufts University.
Sarah Buyer, Secretary
Sarah Buyer joined the Board in December 2020. She is an arts administrator specializing in programming and education. She holds a BA in History and Art History from Wellesley College, and an Mlit in Museum Studies from the University of St Andrews. Sarah currently works in Learning & Engagement at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and sits on the Boston Committee for Wellesley Friends of Arts. As the former Director of Education at ACA, Sarah has close ties to the community and mission of the Arlington Center for the Arts.
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