Alex Sarian

Director, Lincoln Center International, Lincoln Center for Performing Arts
United States

"Every day, in communities around the world, teachers are cultivating in students the skills needed for creative problem-solving, collaboration, communication, imagination and creativity. Citizens of this world don’t just have a duty to young people – we have an obligation to support the tireless work of teachers as they prepare future generations for success in their lives, careers and communities. Only then can education truly be a global and shared responsibility."


Born in Toronto, a resident of Buenos Aires, and based in New York City, Alex Sarian is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of arts, culture, and education. He currently serves as the Director of Lincoln Center International, which offers consulting and arts management training to clients around the world.

 Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Sarian served for three years as Director of Business Development for Lincoln Center’s education, community and family programs. In that role, he played a pivotal part in the award-winning rebrand of Lincoln Center Education; was responsible for new initiatives, including the Lincoln Center Scholars program, making Lincoln Center the first cultural organization to certify music, theater and dance teachers for public schools; and oversaw arts education consultancies in China, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, and across the United States. During his tenure, Lincoln Center Education tripled in size to serve more audiences than ever before in its 40 year history.

 Prior to Lincoln Center, Mr. Sarian ran his own consulting practice, Affinity Arts Group, where he worked across sectors to support the development of sustainable arts programs for clients in Europe, the United States and South America. From 2010-2013, he held a director position at the Pulitzer-winning MCC Theater, where he reimagined the organization’s educational and outreach strategy in anticipation of a capital campaign that would afford the company its first arts center in New York City.

 A registered lobbyist in New York State, Mr. Sarian is a passionate advocate for arts and arts education, and in 2013 served as part of a consortium of cultural leaders engaging mayoral candidates in their vision for arts in New York City public schools.  He is a frequent guest lecturer and keynote presenter, and was a featured speaker on creativity at the International Baccalaureate’s inaugural TEDx conference at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada.  As an educator, he’s served on the teaching faculties of New York University, Pace University, and the City College of New York, where he’s designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on business management, arts education, audience development, and community outreach. Mr. Sarian has sat on the governing boards of several nonprofits, including the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, and currently serves as the chair of the arts education council for Americans for the Arts, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to arts advocacy.

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