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Newark Arts Announces New Executive Director

The Newark Arts Council has selected Jeremy Johnson as executive director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on March 14, 2016. Johnson succeeds Linwood Oglesby, who retired after leading the organization for 17 years.

Johnson served eight years as the Newark philanthropic liaison, a position funded by the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. In this role, he leveraged more than $50 million in private support for city initiatives. He also led a working group which became the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC), a collective impact movement to increase college success among Newarkers. He has represented the philanthropic community on proposals that have attracted federal planning grants for the city as well as served on panels about creative placemaking and public-private partnerships. Johnson is a native of Cleveland and a current Newark resident. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College in Ohio and a master of fine arts in arts administration from the University of Iowa. His graduate work included a residency at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

In making the announcement, President of the Board Sheila McKoy said, “Jeremy’s background in the arts, philanthropy, and government made him an excellent candidate. As a convener, fundraiser, and thought leader, he will strengthen our partnerships with artists, arts organizations, and the community at large.”

“The opportunity to lead the Newark Arts Council combines my passion and training in the arts with my devotion to our great city,” said Johnson. “It’s especially gratifying for me to apply the lessons learned while working in the mayor’s office on powerful public-private partnerships.”

“It was a great pleasure working with the search committee at Newark Arts Council,” said ACG Senior Consultant Daniel Zanella. “ACG would like to congratulate Jeremy on his appointment to this key role within the organization. We are confident that his skills and experience will be a valuable asset to the arts and culture industry in Newark.”

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