MA Arts Politics Class of 2010
BA Ethnomusicology, Brown University
Clara Inés Schuhmacher is an artist, writer and producer interested in the intersection of art, public space and community. She currently serves as Director of Marketing & Events for the DUMBO Improvement District, where she develops programming for the neighborhood’s public spaces with and for the benefit of its residents, businesses and cultural organizations, including Live at the Archway, a free, weekly performance series. Prior to joining the DUMBO BID, she served as Director of Operations for Make Music New York, facilitating the creation of thousands of free, participatory musical events across New York City annually on June 21, and as Associate Producer for the New York Village Halloween Parade, the largest of its kind in the United States. From 2008-2013, she was Development Manager for Institutional Giving for the American Music Center, where she played a key role in supporting the organization through a merger which resulted in New Music USA. She got her start as Assistant Director of the new media festival Pixilerations, under the auspices of Providence’s FirstWorks.
Clara is on the editorial team of Createquity, a research-backed investigation of the most important issues in the arts and what we, collectively and individually, can do about them. Her words and photographs about food and its makers appear in Serious Eats, the Huffington Post, and Organic Life. Her video work–mostly with collaborator Tusia Dabrowska as the duo vvitany–has been presented in the United States, Argentina and across Europe. She has performed across Europe, Russia, South America and the United States as a soprano with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. She guest vocals on records by The Stepkids and Pharoahe Monch and currently sings with MasterVoices and the New Amsterdam Singers in New York.
Clara holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from Brown University, and an MA in Arts Politics from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was born in Italy to Argentine parents, and currently lives in Brooklyn.