Staff + Board

Clarinda Mac Low
Executive Director, Co-Founder

As founding member and Executive Director of Culture Push, Clarinda is responsible for all operations and programs of the organization. She is also a performance and installation artist who creates participatory events of all types. Her solo and collaborative works have appeared at P.S. 122, the Kitchen, X-Initiative, and the 2010 Manifesta Biennial in Spain. Recent collaborations include TRYST, performance interventions into everyday life, most recently in the ANTI Art Festival in Finland and as part of an iLAB Residency exploring the ecological life of North Brooklyn; “Cyborg Nation,” public conversation on the technological body and the nature of intimacy; and “Salvage/Salvation,” an ongoing collaborative installation and performance project that explores the philosophical, emotional and material implications of re-use. Her piece 40 Dancers do 40 Dances for the Dancers was performed in 2012 as part of the Judson Now! Platform at Danspace Project in New York. She has participated in many different residencies, including at Yaddo, as a MacDowell Fellow, a DTW ARM Fellow, and through the Society for Cultural Exchange in Pittsburgh. She received a BAXTEN Award in 2004, and is a grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2007 and the recipient of a 2010 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art grant. She recently received her MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York, under the direction of Hajoe Moderegger. Mac Low grew up in the avant-garde arts scene of the 1970s and began her performance life at the age of four, with her father, poet Jackson Mac Low and Meredith Monk. She also maintains a practice as a science and medical writer specializing in behavioral health and HIV/AIDS care. www.clarindamaclow.com

Madelyn Ringold-Brown
Assistant Director

Madelyn received a BA in Art History from New College, the public honors college of Florida where she completed a graduate-level thesis on the subject of contemporary public art practice, focusing on the works of Francis Alÿs and Krzysztof Wodiczko. In 2012 she relocated to Brooklyn and has since held positions at a variety of arts institutions including Creative Time, Symphony Space, the Textile Arts Center, Recession Arts, and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2014 Madelyn began working with Culture Push where she is now the Assistant Director and manages special projects such as exhibitions the online journal PUSH/PULL.  She is driven by a love for art and a desire to support cultural production that perpetuates social justice.

Linnea Ryshke
Administrative Director

As both an artist and supporter of other artists, Linnea is committed to the vision of art as a critical, powerful tool towards social change and re-imagination of ways of relating to one another and to other beings. Linnea makes her own work in response to the current plight of non-human animals and their continued marginalization and invisibility from everyday lives and choices. Her work fundamentally seeks to encourage dialogue about the broader ideology of oppressive systems, and allow space for the non-human animal voices who are largely written out of popular thought. She recently graduated from Pratt Institute with B.F.A. in Painting and minor in Environmental Studies. Her body of work, titled Reembodiment Project can be seen on her website

Natalia Vilela
Social Media Director

Natalia joined Culture Push in 2015 as a social media intern, she now manages and directs all social media platforms for Culture Push and serves as an in-house documentarian. In 2016 she graduated from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY with a degree in Journalism and Fine Arts. At the university, she was a fellow at the university's Center for Civic Engagement, as well as the art director for one of its student-run magazines, Pulse. Besides Culture Push, Natalia works as the Social Media Assistant for BeVisible Latinx. Outside of her professional activities, Natalia spends time volunteering with various organizations in New York City; Currently, she is the co-captain in training of the New York branch of Have A Hart Day, a social media-organized volunteering initiative created by YouTube personality Hannah Hart. www.nataliavilela.com


Board:

Nancy Nowacek

Mark Bradford

Reza Keshavarz

Janusz Jaworski

Adam Simon


Advisory Board:

Stephen Greco

Geoffrey Hendricks

Ishmael Houston-Jones

Felicity Hogan

Michael DiPietro

Sur Rodney Sur


Associated People:

Aki Sasamoto
Co-Founder, Former Board of Directors

Christina Vassallo
Program Associate (2011 — 2012)

Aaron Miller
Web Designer

Walker Tate
Graphic Artist

Michael M. Yi
Former Board of Directors

Yuka Yokoyama
Former Board of Directors

Mayuran Tiruchelvam
Former Board of Directors

Arturo Vidich
Co-Founder, Former Board of Directors

Velonica Inberg
Intern (2010 — 2011)

Leah Meltzer
Studio Marathon Coordinator (2010)

Ann Chen
Development Associate (2009 — 2010)