The Center for Black Visual Culture/ IAAA is thrilled to welcome Clarissa D. Santiago as our New Program Manager. Clarissa D. Santiago is the newest addition to the CBVC team. Clarissa D. Santiago is a Brooklyn-based writer, higher education administrator, copy editor, and yoga instructor with a broad interest in the humanities, particularly the arts, languages, and literature and all interdisciplinary manifestations therein. Her written creative expression takes the form of poetry and creative nonfiction.

Resourceful and self-directed, she has 18 years’ experience in higher education administration. Prior to joining CBVC, she was the Assistant Director of the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement at NYU Law. Previously, she worked as Senior Program Manager at Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York, managing their Contemporary Art and Fine and Decorative Art and Design Programs, and, after a well-deserved promotion,  their Summer Institute Program. She also worked as the Academic Programs Area Manager for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, among other things, engaging students, faculty, and staff in extracurricular activities, and supporting then Exhibition and Museum Studies Director, Hou Hanru, and, as needed, the late curator and then Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President, Okwui Enwezor. Clarissa’s work has taken her to established and emerging global art destinations, such as Venice, Mexico City, São Paulo, Dubai, Bogota, Beijing, Shanghai and more. In addition, she has traveled independently and extensively across North America, Western and Eastern Europe, Tokyo, and the Caribbean. Her rampant curiosity, love of learning and profound appreciation of beauty and excellence have been nourished by these trips and keenly inform her writing and teaching.

Clarissa graduated Phi Beta Kappa Brooklyn College, and holds a M.A. in Literature from the University of New Hampshire with a focus on postcolonial and feminist literary theory.  Known affectionately to friends and loved ones as “Lava,” you may find her presence online under that name and/or “Urban Tribalista.” Learn more about her at www.clarissadsantiago.com.