Executive Director effective 9/1/2020
Interim Executive Director
Jim LevineJim Levine completed a 28 year career in Corporate America in 2016, most recently serving as Vice President of Human Resources at Church & Dwight, an S&P 500 consumer products company. Jim has served on the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Princeton for four years, most recently as President of the Board. Jim, and his wife Lisa, have had a long relationship with the Arts Council, including sponsoring chalk drawing at Communiversity for the past 21 years and having children who attended a variety of education programs. Jim and Lisa have been Princeton residents for the past 24 years, and have raised three children, Zeke, Freddie, and Elijah, in Princeton. Jim’s excited to take on the role of Interim Executive Director to continue ACP’s fine tradition of programming and building community through the arts.
firstname.lastname@example.org (609) 924-8777 x102Over the past 20 years, Erin Armington has taken classes with long time instructors Libby Ramage and Bob Jenkins, volunteered for Communiversity, and worked as a counselor at the Summer Camp program. After graduating from Rutgers University, she worked for several years in customer service and administration, and spent a year as an AmeriCorps member at the College of New Jersey, collaborating with local arts organizations. As a lifetime lover of the arts and arts education, she is excited to be the Education Coordinator for such a long running community nonprofit.
Director of Development
email@example.com (609) 924-8777 x 109Caroline considers her background as a trained cultural anthropologist (B.A. Smith College, M.A. University of Chicago) an asset as a fundraising professional. She has held development positions with the Petey Green Program, The Grounds for Sculpture, and Rider University. She has held positions at the Smithsonian, The National Trust (U.K.) and NPR. Caroline’s a Princeton native and is thrilled to be back in her hometown, working to advance the Arts Council’s mission. A favorite childhood memory is taking an arts council class with her father, when the painting studio was located in a barn on Ettl Farm. In her free time, Caroline is a stone carver and amateur blacksmith.
Outreach Program Manager
Barbara DiLorenzowavepaint@gmail.com Barbara DiLorenzo began her teaching career with The Creative Center in New York City, where she worked specifically with seniors and cancer survivors. In 2013, she completed their Creative Aging Training program–learning valuable information about how to work with physical and mental challenges present in some of her students. After moving to New Jersey, and teaching all ages and abilities at the Arts Council of Princeton, Barbara is enjoying her role as Outreach Program Manager. In this role, she is searching for populations of people who benefit from art instruction–but may not have the resources necessary to ensure a consistent, quality art experience. Her biggest joy is teaching ArtsExchange, the program with talented young artists from HomeFront in Trenton, NJ. Barbara is also a fine artist and illustrator, with two published picture books: RENATO AND THE LION (Viking Children’s Books, 2017) and QUINCY: The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend In (Little Bee Books, 2018). To see more of her work, please visit: barbaradilorenzo.com.
(609) 924-8777 x105 Maria Evans graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Art and Design. Maria apprenticed with sculptor Craig Nutt while living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and attending the University of Alabama. She moved to Princeton in 1993 after her husband (a book conservator) was hired at Princeton University. Maria began her work with the Arts Council of Princeton in 1998 teaching children's ceramics classes. Maria served as ACP's Gallery Manager for four years before becoming the Community Arts Manager and now serves as the Artistic Director for the organization.
Director of Operations
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Marketing/ Program Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org (609) 924-8777 x110Melissa Kuscin is the Program/Marketing Manager for the Arts Council of Princeton. She holds a BA in Arts Administration from Rider University and is passionate about collaborative art-making and its ability to unite and strengthen communities. Melissa is responsible for designing inclusive and accessible arts and cultural programming for the greater Princeton area’s diverse populations, from our community's Martin Luther King Jr. event to artist talks & panels, as well as booking performing artists for Communiversity ArtsFest and the long-running Summer Courtyard Concert Series. Melissa manages ACP social media, website, and print and digital advertising.
Mini Krishnanmkrishnan@artscouncilofprinceton.org 609-924-8777 x 108 Before joining the Arts Council of Princeton as the Office Administrator, Mini Krishnan was the Executive Director of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra (GPYO). Mini Krishnan earned her Master’s in Psychology from University of Kerala, India and a Certificate in Interior Design from New York School of Interior Design. She worked as an assistant designer at an NYC design firm before beginning her tenure at GPYO. At the Arts Council, she is responsible for volunteer management and managing the rentals of Council space for community events. Mini’s other passions include Girl Scouts (for whom she has been a troop leader for the last nine years), photography, sewing, and crafting with natural and recycled materials.
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(609) 924-8777 x207Kathleen Preziosi is head of the Ceramics Studio at the Arts Council of Princeton. She received her BA in Liberal Arts, specializing in the Studio Arts, Art History and Arts Management, from Sweet Briar College. Her work includes functional forms and explores the sculptural aspects of clay. She is in a constant state of exploration, stretching the parameters of this medium, currently throwing classic shapes and distorting them with applied assemblage.
Curry Simmelcsimmel@artscouncilofprinceton.org (609) 924-8777 Curry Simmel grew up in Princeton, attended Princeton High and graduated from Emerson College, Boston with a BA in Communications. She began her career as a page for NBC Studios in NYC and later moved to Vermont where she worked as an advertising copywriter at WCAX-TV in Burlington. After returning to the Princeton area, Curry managed retail accounts for Lenhart USA and Gillespie Advertising agencies and Lenox China and Crystal. Curry has been an active volunteer in many community organizations, joining the Arts Council of Princeton in 2010.
Emma Stephensestephens@artscouncilofprinceton.org 609-924-8777 x 102
Emma Stephens is a graduate of Rider University, where she received her BA in Arts Administration with a concentration on the visual arts. She has always had a love of and appreciation for the arts and theater, which put her on the path to joining the ACP team. Her experience in customer service and administration makes her an ideal fit for our Development department.