Staff + Board

Clarinda Mac Low
Executive Director, Co-Founder

Clarinda Mac Low, co-Founder and Executive Director of Culture Push, oversees all operations and programs of the organization. Clarinda has been creating cross-disciplinary artworks using dance, performance, video, installation and other disciplines for over 25 years, and she initiated Culture Push as a continuation of her experimental performance and socially engaged art practice. Her work has been produced nationally and internationally, and her practice is deeply embedded in her hometown of New York City. Clarinda facilitates the Fellows’ strategic planning and creative development and leads the development of the vision and foundational philosophies of the Fellowship program as it matures and adapts to changing social and political climateswww.clarindamaclow.com

Pelenakeke (Keke) Brown
Assistant Director

Pelenakeke Brown is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. Her practice includes drawing, writing, storytelling and movement. All her work is rooted within the Samoan concept of the ‘va’ or 'in-between space.’ As a New Zealand born, afakasi Samoan, immigrant, queer, disabled woman she is interested in the in-between spaces we each inhabit.

She is a 2018 Create Change Fellow with the Laundromat Project and  a 2016/17 NYFA Immigrant Artist Program alumni. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Ana Pekapeka Studio. Her non-fiction creative work has been published in the James Franco Review, Hawaii Review, and in Apogee Journal's, Indigenous #NoDAPL special edition. www.kekebrown.com

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

 

Shawn Escargia

Shawn Escarciga
Staff Member At Large

Shawn Escarciga is a Brooklyn- based performance artist whose work centers around class, trauma, and his experiences as a queer person straddling varying binaries. His practice is informed by his background in Butoh, experimental text, and a penchant for prancing to pop music in jockstraps. He shows work regularly throughout New York City, across the United States, and internationally, as well as teaching movement workshops in both dance studio and university settings. www.shawnescarciga.com


Board:

Mark Bradford
Intellectual Property Attorney

Mark Bradford is an attorney with his own practice working with artists, arts organizations, and media companies, as well as conducting commercial litigation.
He also writes haikus:
A lawyer by trade
Artists and entrepreneurs
Oft sing his praises.

www.markbradfordpc.com

Chloë Bass
Artist, Culture Push Fellow 2013 and Faculty at Queens College-CUNY Social Practice Program
Chloë Bass is a conceptual artist working in performance, situation, publication, and installation. Her work addresses scales of intimacy, where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand, and daily life as a site of deep research. Her current project, The Book of Everyday Instruction, is an eight-chapter investigation into one-on-one social interaction. Chloë is a 2017 - 2018 Workspace resident at the Center for Book Arts, and a 2017 studio resident at Triangle Arts Association. Her projects have appeared in recent exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Her forthcoming book will be published by the Operating System in December 2017; her writing is most often found on Hyperallergic. She is an Assistant Professor in Art at Queens College, CUNY.
www.chloebass.com

Alicia Grullón
Artist, NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentor, Columbia University Wallach Art Gallery Fellow, Culture Push Fellow 2013

Alicia Grullón moves between performance, video, and photography, channeling her interdisciplinary approach towards critiques on the politics of presence, an argument for the inclusion of disenfranchised communities in political and social spheres. She received a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Grullón’s works have been shown in numerous group exhibitions including: The 8th Floor, Franklin Furnace Archives, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, BRIC, School of Visual Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Jamaica Flux 10, Performa 11, Old Stone House and Art in Odd Places. She has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, Bronx Council on the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, and Franklin Furnace Archives, among others. She has participated in residencies in the United States, Korea and Germany and has done workshops for the Creative Time Summit 2015, Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts, The Royal College of Art, The Point CDC, NYCHA, United States Association for Art Educators, Culture Push, and Migrating Academies in Kassel Germany. These workshops were a part of Grullon's legislative social practice project PERCENT FOR GREEN, a functioning green bill created as art with Bronx residents. This project contributed to her acting as one of the co-lead organizers in the Bronx for the People's Climate March. Grullon is currently serving as a mentor for NYFA's Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program and a fellow for Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery. Her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, Creative Time Reports, Art Fag City, New York Daily News, and the Brooklyn Press. Grullón is a contributing author for the forthcoming publication from Palgrave Macmillian "Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts: But How Does it Work?" out in October 2017. 
www.aliciagrullon.com

Reza Keshavarz
Director of Asia Operations at Scopia Capital

Nancy Nowacek
Artist, educator and Culture Push Fellow 2012
Nancy Nowacek makes art engaged with power and politics of the body in late-capital, post-industrial culture. Embodying latent or invisible systems—bureaucracy, infrastructure, computer coding—she intervenes into the designed environment with sculpture, performance and installations that challenge and shift assumptions of the social and body schema. Often situated between speculation and reality, Nowacek’s work brings conceptual environments and uses of the body into concrete, tactile sensory experience through the transformation of found objects and readymades. Her projects are often socially-engaged and process-driven, involving the collaboration of dozens to hundreds of participants in their realization
Nowacek was an honorary Culture Push fellow in 2013. Her work has also been supported by Eyebeam, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Recess, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Zero1 San Jose, and the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program. She has exhibited and presented works in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Canada, South America and Europe.
www.nancynowacek.com

Risa Shoup
Executive Director of Spaceworks

Until recently, Risa was the Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block (FAB). They have worked as an administrator, curator and leader in the NYC arts community since 2005. In recent years, they have done extensive consulting work on the intrinsic and instrumental impact of the arts on community development. They helped foster early growth of the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative. In August Risa became a named consultant on a citywide cultural plan for New York City as part of her affiliation with Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York. Risa is a proud member of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development's United for Small Business campaign. They studied City & Regional Planning at Pratt Institute and are on the board of The Invisible Dog Art Center. Risa has lectured at various institutions including NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Bard College.
www.spaceworksnyc.org


Advisory Board:

Stephen Greco

Ishmael Houston-Jones

Felicity Hogan

Michael DiPietro

Sur Rodney Sur

Sarah Dahnke


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)