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 climates.

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.

Shawn Escargia

Shawn Escarciga
Director of Publicity and Public Programming

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Carolyn Hall 

Carolyn Hall is a freelance dancer originally from Los Angeles. She has performed with numerous choreographers/directors and was awarded a "Bessie" for performance in 2002. She has been a company member of the "Bessie" Award winning Then She Fell with Third Rail Projects for over three years and is currently working with Lionel Popkin, Rebecca Davis, Clarinda Mac Low, and Shannon Hummel/CORA Dance. She has also performed in the works of Sally Silvers, Carrie Ahern, Heather Kravas, Jordan Fuchs, Amanda Loulaki, Allyson Green, Ori Flomin, Jimena Paz, Abigail Levine, Sarah Maxfield, Ralf Jaroschinski, Sam Kim, Nina Winthrop, Karl Anderson, and Helena Franzen. Additionally, Carolyn is a marine ecologist working as a research assistant with author Paul Greenberg and is an instructor with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. To combine her two interests, she is a board member of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Arts, Nature and Dance (iLAND).

Yvonne Shortt

Yvonne Shortt is a public sculpture/installation artist who uses a question based process to investigate issues in her community. Shortt’s work is influenced by race, disability, and equality. Other influences include her two daughters and her crazy Airedale Terrier named Peppermint. Her recent commissions include  NYC Parks,  Queens Council on the Arts, The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Nation Endowment for the Arts, & Friends of Macdonald Park.

Ms.Shortt is a past Culture Push fellow and founder of an algorithm company which she sold in 2011. Ms. Shortt also sat on the NEA panel as an artist for the multidisciplinary sector in 2017 and the Queens Council on the Art’s panel for community artist in 2015.

Advisory Board:

Ishmael Houston-Jones

Felicity Hogan

Michael DiPietro

Sur Rodney Sur

Sarah Dahnke

Associated People:

Arturo Vidich
Co-Founder, Former Board of Directors

Aki Sasamoto
Co-Founder, Former Board of Directors

Madelyn Ringold-Brown
Assistant Director (2014-2018)

Natalia Vilela
Social Media Director (2015-2018)

Linnea Ryshke
Administrative Director (2011-2018)

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)