MA Arts Politics Class of 2010
BA Ethnomusicology, Brown University
Clara Inés Schuhmacher has over a decade of experience in the cultural sector, working primarily at the intersection of the arts, community and public space. Currently, she is the Director of Marketing and Events at the DUMBO Improvement District, where she programs the neighborhood’s public spaces with and for its residents, businesses and cultural organizations. Previously, Clara has held leadership positions with New Music USA, Make Music New York, and the Village Halloween Parade. For many years, she was on the editorial team of Createquity (a pioneering ten-year initiative to help make the world a better place by better understanding the arts, now in an archival state.) She has toured Europe and South America as a vocalist, and her video art work, as part of the duo vvitalny, has been exhibited internationally. Clara holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from Brown University, an MA in Arts Politics from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is a 2017 graduate of the Coro Neighborhood Leadership fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn. Say hi at @yclaraquesi.
What drew you to the MA Arts Politics program?
Honestly, it was the only program I applied to! I looking for a way to more deeply connect the work I was already doing in arts + community, get a practical-and also theoretical-grounding, learn from those who had come before me. This was the only program that offered this in a way that felt organic and flexible. Plus, how could I resist the opportunity to learn from incredible women like Karen, Kathy, Marta?
How did your experience in the program shape your work?
The program profoundly impacted my work, and continues to shape the choices I make. I met collaborators who I still work with today; made friends who will forever be there for me in the trenches. I often reference lessons and conversations from APP; frame problems and their solutions with an APP lens. The program is largely philosophical. It’s challenging; it asks hard questions. I learned a lot about myself and how I fit into a larger picture. It was an invaluable year, and the APP continues to be an important one for me both personally and professionally.