Jaime-Faye Bean, Executive Director
Jaime-Faye Bean is an experienced non-profit executive with an academic background in Middle Eastern language and culture. During over fifteen years experience of working in advancement, Ms. Bean has launched engagement and capacity-building platforms at major institutions including Dartmouth College, the American University of Beirut, Weill Cornell Medical College, and the ASPCA. She has also spent extensive time living and researching in the MENA region and consulting with major regional arts institutions including the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center and Al Midan National Arab Theater. As ArteEast continues to strengthen its unique position as a critical resource for artists, Ms. Bean brings a deep knowledge of the philanthropic sector to her work at ArteEast, ensuring our premier role in advancing cultural discourse and exchange between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa.
Sihem Mellah , Program Assistant
Sihem Mellah is a researcher and MENA politics analyst. She was born in Oran, Algeria in 1990. She moved to the United States in 2009 to continue her medical studies but followed her interest in Middle Eastern and North African social studies to graduate with a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a concentration in Political Science and Biology. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Neuroscience while organizing and working with the Middle Eastern and Northern African community in the greater New York City area to engage in social and political activism. Sihem helped to organize Jumuaa United in Jersey City, NJ, and was a panelist on the Katie Halper Show’s International Women’s Day 2016 Special. Sihem has contributed opinion pieces to Dissent Magazine and France Inter Blog.
Mirene Arsanios , Managing Editor, ArteEast Quarterly
Mirene Arsanios (b.1980) is a writer who was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She writes fiction and edits the bilingual magazine, Makhzin. Her work has appeared in The Animated Reader, The Outpost, and The Rumpus, among others. Her first publication is forthcoming from Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon (2015). She was the recipient of the Enizagam fiction prize (2014), and Forum Fellows, Art Dubai, Dubai, U.A.E (2015). She was an artist-in-residence at the CCA, Warsaw, Poland (2015), and at the Villa Romana, Florence, Italy (2012). Arsanios received an M.A. from Goldsmiths College, London, and an M.F.A. from the Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College.