"I believe that the artists’ work as educators, mentors, and citizens of our communities is vital to a healthy and vibrant civic life. Artists both help us see the world in new ways, and add inestimable value to our society. My passion is supporting artists so that they can flourish and thrive."
(she/her/hers) is a recognized vocalist, arts consultant, and a cultural organizer, who is known as a mover and shaker re-defining what community engagement and conversations around equity in the arts look like. As the Program Manager of Theater at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), she manages the National Theater Project (NTP), a grant program that supports the creation and touring of devised ensemble theater work. Meena organized and led “Beyond Orientalism: The Boston Forum” in October 2017 and is a co-founder and steering committee member of Boston’s first API (Asian Pacific Islander) Arts Network.
Meena has worked in the performing arts community as facilitator, grant panelist, educator, speaker, and consultant with organizations such as Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), MAP Fund, CreateWell Fund, Somerville Arts Council, Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA), El Sistema in Acarigua, Showa Boston, Japanese Arts Network, and many others. Meena is actively engaged in a national community of practice for anti-oppression work in the arts and is excited to be part of artEquity’s 2019 facilitator training cohort.
As an artist, Meena has performed with Opera Providence, MassOpera, Boston Opera Collaborative, New England Orchestra among others. She currently performs with Voci Angelica Trio, an international band that creates a musical fusion of world folk and classical music that transcends political and geographic borders.
Meena currently serves as a board member of Arts Connect International (ACI), an organization that partners with emerging and seasoned arts leaders to collectively build equity, access, and inclusion through transformational leadership development. She is a proud member of WOCA, former mentee in their 2017 cohort of the Leadership Through Mentorship Program, and a former fellow of the 2018 Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Emerging Leadership Institute. Meena holds a Masters in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory and a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University.