The Board of Directors of the Brookline Arts Center (BAC) is pleased to announce that, effective September 1st, Lauren Riviello will be promoted to Executive Director. Riviello has been with the Arts Center for nearly 4 years serving in a variety of roles, currently as Director of Operations.

Riviello came to the BAC with a strong background in gallery and program management. Her academic background in journalism and nonprofit management and leadership and her dedication to the role of arts in building community position her well for this new role. Riviello is deeply committed to making art and cultural programming accessible. Since joining the BAC, she has been integral to the development and implementation of high quality and innovative programs. She has worked to extend our reach in the community, elevate the BAC’s gallery offerings, create opportunities for public art and further develop our class offerings.

With Riviello’s move to Executive Director, we are also pleased to announce that Sarah Fujiwara, current Executive Director, will remain at the BAC as the Director of Development. Sarah has been with the BAC since the spring of 2014 and has contributed her knowledge of non-profit management, community engagement, program design and art education to the center, ensuring that the programs flourish. Fujiwara’s commitment to the BAC has been instrumental in our growth. She worked on the expansion of current programs in the community and on building new connections to organizations that serve vulnerable populations. Fujiwara’s development work will advance these initiatives going forward.

Under Riviello and Fujiwara’s leadership, the BAC’s presence in the community has expanded. They have worked collaboratively and in partnership with multiple town organizations, developing programs in response to the diverse needs of our community. They have both been committed to increasing access to the arts by expanding scholarships and by adding innovative programming within and beyond our walls. Through the BAC’s outreach program, they have collaborated with Public Housing, the Food Pantry and with the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, improving access to the arts for Brookline’s low income and vulnerable families. Together, Riviello and Fujiwara elevated the BAC’s presence and expanded access to the arts in Brookline.