Feb 26, 2013 View All News


Laurie A. Carter, current Vice President for The Juilliard School, to join NJPAC as Vice President, Arts Education, in April


Newark, NJ (February 26, 2013) – The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) announced today that longtime Juilliard School executive Laurie A. Carter will join its senior management staff as Vice President, Arts Education effective April 1, 2013. A resident of Montclair, Ms. Carter has served in various senior staff and administrative roles at the Juilliard School since 1988. She was named Executive Director of Jazz Studies in 2001 and Vice President and General Counsel in 2004. Ms. Carter was also Juilliard’s first Chief Student Affairs Officer as well as its first Chief Legal Officer.

“Laurie brings to NJPAC a career’s worth of engagement in arts education and the business of the arts,” said John Schreiber, NJPAC’s President and CEO. “For 24 years at the Juilliard School, she has demonstrated creativity, strong management skills, a devotion to the future of her students and a true love for how the arts can positively impact young lives. We are thrilled and honored that Laurie has chosen to spend the next phase of her remarkable career helping us define and deliver on NJPAC's mission to provide life changing arts learning experiences for New Jersey’s children.”

During her tenure at Juilliard, Ms. Carter successfully created and developed significant institutional advances which improved and shaped the lives of students. Some of her major accomplishments include building and establishing the Residence Hall and Residence Life Program, developing comprehensive Health and Counseling Services, initiating an International Student Advisement program, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, and expanding Career Services and Educational Outreach programs. Under her supervision, these now well-established programs continue to provide invaluable services and opportunities for the students of Juilliard.

Ms. Carter was also a co-creator of Juilliard’s Jazz Department in 2001. Under her leadership, Juilliard Jazz has become one of the most important jazz programs in the United States and internationally. Within the Jazz Department, Ms. Carter created and developed a thriving international and national touring program. Juilliard Jazz on Tour provides unique opportunities for Juilliard students to share their knowledge and bring Juilliard Jazz experiences to audiences all over the world.

“I am very excited about bringing the skills I have been able to hone at Juilliard to an institution that feels like coming home for me,” said Ms. Carter, who took dance lessons in Newark as a child, often went shopping in the City and went to law school at Rutgers-Newark. “NJPAC has been an extraordinary development in the cultural growth of Newark and New Jersey and its diversity of programs is extremely attractive to me as the arts need to speak to everyone. The Arts Center is also the largest provider of arts education initiatives in the State. It will be a privilege to work with a team of talented professionals to help take its already well-respected education programs to even greater achievement.”

“Working with John Schreiber is very exciting to me,” Ms. Carter added. “He is a visionary and has such diverse and varied experiences in the arts. His leadership is already proving to be transformative. The opportunity to work with someone whose professional experiences dovetail so closely with my own personal beliefs and values is tremendously exciting.”

A passionate advocate for global cultural and educational exchange, Ms. Carter’s most recent initiatives include developing and sustaining partnerships between the Juilliard School and several major national and international cultural and educational organizations in the United Kingdom, Korea, Japan, Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, Spain, and Guatemala, among others, as well as domestic partnerships in the United States. Through this work, students and audiences across the world experience the highest level of performance and teaching in music, drama, and dance every year.

“It is with considerable enthusiasm that I congratulate Laurie Carter on her appointment at NJPAC,” said Joseph W. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School. “Laurie is an exceptionally capable and innovative arts education leader whose broad experience at Juilliard will provide her with the tools to continue and enhance the arts center’s mission in support of children and their families as they engage in the beauty and joy of the arts.”

“I am saddened by the fact that she has left us at Juilliard Jazz, but elated that she has moved on to be in a place where all of her gifts and talents can be utilized,” said Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Jazz Studies, The Juilliard School. “I have worked with Laurie for the past 11 years and they have been some of the most enriching years of my life. She brings with her commitment, vision, passion, hard work, dedication, love, respect and wisdom in everything that she does. NJPAC, you are the lucky ones now to have her, for I know that she will take the organization to a higher place as she has done with everything that she has been involved in.”

Ms. Carter holds a B.S. in Communications, an M.A. in Communications, and a law degree from Rutgers University. In 2009, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. She was featured in Corporate Counsel Magazine and in SuperLawyers Magazine twice. The New York County Lawyers Association named Ms. Carter “An Outstanding Woman of the Bar” in 2004. She is a founding board member of the Aiken Music Festival and Chair of the Fine Arts Board of Snow College.

“I have spent twenty-four years of my life working with young people who aspire to make a difference in and through the arts. It is truly my passion,” said Ms. Carter. “I have a personal slogan that the arts matter because they transform lives. I am excited about joining NJPAC because it is an opportunity to give young people throughout New Jersey hope and confidence through the arts, and help them think about life in a different way. The arts should be an integral part of every child’s growth process. NJPAC has been a part of over a million young lives in its first two transformative decades. I can’t think of anything more exciting than being able to play a leadership role in expanding and extending arts learning opportunities to even more children in my home state.”

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit www.njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.

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February 26, 2013