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Brooklyn Arts Council names five new board members

October 25, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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The Brooklyn Arts Council, the borough’s leading arts funding and education nonprofit organization, recently announced the appointment of five new board members.

“BAC’s new board members will add tremendous wisdom and leadership toward shaping the organization’s future,” a statement from BAC said. “As a group, these five new board members represent an impressive array of expertise spanning branding and PR, non-profit administration, academia, human resources, and living and working as a Brooklyn artist.” 

The new board members are:

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Cey Adams, visual artist and graphic designer. Photo courtesy of BAC

Cey Adams

Cey Adams emerged from the Downtown graffiti movement to exhibit alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He appeared in the historic 1982 PBS documentary “Style Wars,” which tracked subway graffiti in New York. Adams served as creative director for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Recordings, where he co-founded the Drawing Board, the label’s in-house visual design firm, creating visual identities, album covers, logos, and advertising campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5 and Jay-Z.

Karen Auster, president and founder, the Auster Agency. Photo courtesy of BAC

Karen Auster

As the president and founder of the DUMBO-based Auster Agency, Karen Auster has been at the forefront of creating dynamic, placemaking experiences throughout New York City. For over 25 years, she has been stewarding the development and re-invention of community and urban planning projects, while serving as an advisor on the board of numerous start-ups, non-profit and government organizations.

Kristina Newman-Scott, arts and cultural leader. Photo courtesy of BAC

Kristina Newman-Scott

Kristina Newman-Scott is an award-winning, nationally recognized arts and cultural leader. She most recently served as president of BRIC, a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. She was the first immigrant and first woman of color to serve as BRIC’s president and one of the very few women of color to lead a major New York cultural institution.

Christine Osuji, general manager, Con Edison. Photo courtesy of BAC

Christine Osuji

Christine Osuji is general manager for Con Edison. In this role, she leads and sets strategic direction for the company’s call centers, back-office billing of customer accounts, walk-in-centers for customers to meet face-to-face with staff, social media inquiries and more. Her team includes more than 700 union and management employees. During her 20-year tenure with Con Ed, Osuji has held positions in Human Resources, Equal Employment Opportunity, Employee and Labor Relations, Leadership and Career Development and Customer Operations.

Tobie S. Stein, PhD, author, leader and educator. Photo courtesy of BAC

Tobie S. Stein, Ph.D

Tobie Stein, Ph.D. is a two-time Fulbright Specialist (Israel and Taiwan), a member of the Diversity Scholars Network at the National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan, and a member of the American Sociological Association. She is a guest blogger for Walker International Communications Group and a guest panelist for the multicultural television program “Brooklyn Savvy.” She is also the author of five books, including “Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Performing Arts Workforce” and “Leadership in the Performing Arts.” 


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