About Us • Our Staff

Passionate and Dedicated

Meet the artists and educators who are committed to helping every teen reach their full potential by promoting creative development and well-being among teens.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Black Raspberry

Favorite Beach: Moshup Beach, Aquinnah, MA

Favorite Creative Medium: Words, Oil Paint

Jennifer Minicucci

Executive Director, she/her

MS Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship Northeastern University

Jennifer is a strong proponent of the power of art to bring about transformational change. She believes art can build understanding, connection and belonging, creating a more just, inclusive, and equitable world. She is delighted to bring to Arts in Reach her passion for art, education, and community building along with more than a decade of nonprofit leadership experience.  

After early stints in corporate public relations at Ogilvy, Adams & Rinehart in Washington, DC and Cone Communications in Boston, MA, she chose to transition to a focus on development and strategic planning for cultural and educational nonprofits. After building fundraising functions at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH and Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) in Portsmouth, NH, Jennifer began a consulting practice. Clients included Portland, ME-based Indigo Arts Alliance (IAA), an artist residency supporting Black and Brown artists; the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra; and Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth, NH; InventiveLabs, a startup incubator and gap-year program for alternative learners in Amesbury, MA; and Pinetree Institute in Eliot, ME, offering community resources to address the effects of childhood trauma. Jennifer also co-founded Polaris Charter School, a public elementary school for neurodiverse students, in Manchester, NH, and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Academy of Science and Design and Granite State Arts Academy. 

She recently served as President of Art-Speak, the Cultural Commission for the City of Portsmouth, NH, and presently sits on the Board of Advisors for the Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, on the Advisory Circle for IAA, and on the Visual Arts Committee of PMAC. An avid oil painter and metalsmith, she has sold her work in several New England galleries. 

Jennifer holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She lives with her family in a 202-year-old farmhouse in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and studies drawing at the Academy of Realist Art in Boston, plays flute in the New Horizons Band at PMAC, and especially enjoys reading, cooking, running, museum-going, and listening to live music.

 Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Apple Crisp

  Favorite Flower: Blue Morning Glory

  Favorite Creative Medium: Acrylic Gouache

Cara Cabral

Program Director, she/her

BFA University of New Hampshire

 Favorite Coffee Order: Mocha with Oat Milk

  Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Moose Tracks

  Favorite Creative Medium: Too many to choose!

Haley Searcy

Program Manager, they/she

BS Appalachian State University

Haley is an artist, musician, and sewist. Originally from North Carolina, they currently reside in Dover, NH where they have a studio at the nonprofit artist collective Wrong Brain. She likes working at AIR because she is able to combine her passion for youth development, educational background in sociology and gender studies, and love of the arts. When she is not making art or working, you can typically find her exploring New England, singing about rats who skateboard, or talking about how cute frogs are.

“When I was a teenager, engaging in the arts gave me an outlet to process challenges and a visual means to communicate difficult emotions. I feel so proud to work for an organization that provides equitable access to the arts for young women in our community, and a platform for their creative expression.”

– Cara Cabral, AIR Program Director