Meet the Arts Education Network Team

Alex Sarian

Arts Education Council Chair; Director of Business Development & Operations, Lincoln Center Education

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York City, New York 10023-6583
T (212) 875-5560
Website: www.lincolncentereducation.org

As Director of Business Development & Operations for Lincoln Center Education, Alex Sarian is responsible for all new business strategies, national & international consulting services, budgeting and day-to-day operations for all education, family and community-based programs at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Prior to Lincoln Center, Sarian ran his own consulting practice, Affinity Arts Group, with whom he worked alongside cultural organizations, K-12 schools and institutions of higher education on three continents, providing support for fundraising, program development and strategic planning. He also served as the Director of Education & Outreach at the award-winning MCC Theater in New York City, where he strategically led a record increase in arts education funding and programming during the organization's $25MM capital campaign, affording the company its very own performing arts center in midtown Manhattan.  From Argentina, Sarian has lectured on the topics of arts, management and arts education at Columbia University, Emerson College, Purchase College, Rutgers University and was a featured speaker on creativity at the International Baccalaureate’s inaugural TEDx conference at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada.  He serves on the faculty of New York University, Pace University and the City University of New York, where he’s designed and teaches courses on audience development, community engagement, arts education and business management. A steadfast advocate for arts education, Sarian is a registered lobbyist in New York State, has served on several national funding panels, held leadership positions on the governing boards of nonprofits including the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, and most recently assisted as part of a consortium of cultural leaders engaging mayoral candidates in their vision for arts in New York City public schools. Follow him on Twitter @alexsarian.