Léonie joined the BAC as a teacher in 2011 and was hired as the BAC’s Studio Coordinator in March 2014. Since becoming Studio Coordinator, Léonie has worked to improve the BAC’s studio spaces and equipment. She has also been instrumental in exhibition installations and curriculum development, for which she was recognized with the BAC as Best of Boston ® 2015 Best Kids’ Art Classes. Léonie creates fine art illustrations and paintings, she has exhibited nationally and has had her work appear in local and independent art publications. She holds a BFA in Illustration and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She currently participates on the Brookline Open Studios steering committee.
Lauren joined the BAC in the fall of 2013 and has served the center in a variety of roles. Lauren’s passion for the visual and performing arts has driven her career focus, providing her with a strong background in arts administration and program development. In three nonprofit arts organizations, Lauren has worked to make art education and programs accessible for individuals of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Her belief in and commitment to the mission of the BAC drives her everyday. Since joining the team, Lauren has been integral to the development and implementation of high quality and innovative programs. She has worked to extend the BAC’s reach in the community, expand financial aid and outreach programs, elevate the BAC’s gallery offerings, create opportunities for public art and further develop classes. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University. In 2018, Lauren was recognized as a finalist for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s Excellence Award in the Young Professional category, and in 2019 was recognized as a finalist for the Brookline Commission for Women’s Brookline Woman of the Year Award. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Women Thriving, Inc. and participates on the Steering Committee for Brookline Open Studios.
Development & Communications Manager
Lauren joined the BAC as Communications & Development Manager in April 2018. As a lifelong writer and actor, Lauren’s dedication to the arts has driven her career, along with her commitment to social justice. With a background in journalism, program management, communications and fundraising, Lauren has worked with numerous nonprofits and academic organizations to further their mission and goals. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Florida State University, followed by a Master of Arts degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Florida Atlantic University. In 2016, she was named one of 100 women of distinction who have created a legacy of positive influence at FAU for her role in creating the university’s LGBTQA Resource Center. She is a dedicated storyteller, comedian and activist. In her free time, she enjoys writing, photography, hiking in the Arboretum, visiting museums and discovering street art, and thoroughly exploring the local food scene.
Lex joined BAC as Assistant Director in March 2018. He has always had an interest in the arts and attended Parsons School of Design for his undergraduate degree in Integrated Design, a fashion and media studies major. After returning to Boston, his hometown, he focused his efforts on expanding access to the arts within low-income communities as a program coordinator at South End-based nonprofit IBA. There, he focused on curating a gallery and organizing events ranging from concerts to children’s theater. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, writing and going to local galleries and museums.