Executive Director, Newark Arts
Jeremy Johnson was named Executive Director of Newark Arts in March 2016 to help champion the city’s burgeoning arts scene, support arts education, and integrate arts and culture fully into Newark’s economic resurgence. During his term, Newark Arts has received a three-year, historic $1M award from Prudential to build the organization’s capacity and launch a citywide cultural plan called Newark Creates. Newark was ranked in the top-ten of Arts Vibrant cities by the National Center for Arts Research in 2018. For eight years, Jeremy served as Newark’s philanthropic liaison. He worked under Mayor (now Senator) Cory A. Booker and Mayor Ras J. Baraka. He leveraged $50 million from public-private partnerships for summer youth employment, prisoner reentry, early childhood development, public safety, and workforce development. Jeremy served on the fundraising team that helped build New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown Newark in 1997. He has presented on public-private partnerships at the University of Southern California, New York University, and Rutgers University. Jeremy serves on the boards of Newark Public Library and ArtPride New Jersey. He chairs the Newark City of Learning Collaborative, an initiative to promote higher education. Jeremy hails from Cleveland, OH. He received his BA from Kenyon College in Ohio and his Master of Fine Arts in arts management from the University of Iowa. He interned at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He is a longtime Newark resident.