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Rashida Bumbray is an independent curator and choreographer living and working in New York. In 2001, Bumbray began her curatorial career at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she coordinated major exhibitions, including Energy Experimentation: African-American Artists 1964-1980 with Kellie Jones. As Associate Curator at The Kitchen, Bumbray organized critically acclaimed exhibitions and commissions by Leslie Hewitt, Simone Leigh, Adam Pendleton, Mai-Thu Perret and Elodie Pong, Mendi and Keith Obadike, Sanford Biggers, Marc Cary, Kyle Abraham, and Camille A. Brown, among many others. In 2014, Bumbray was a Facilitator for “A History of Contemporary Art in Dakar in Five Weeks” at Àsìkò 4th CCA, Lagos International ArtProgramme in Dakar. She was guest curator of Creative Time’s public art exhibition Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn (2014), which was named among Holland Cotter’s Notable Art Events of 2014 (New York Times). Bumbray served as Director of Artistic Affairs at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C from 2014-2015. She sits on the board of directors of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, and has been a consultant to the Surdna and Creative Capital foundations. Bumbray is an accomplished choreographer. Her work has been presented by SummerStage, Harlem Stage, Caribbean Cultural Center, Project Row Houses, and Weeksville Heritage Center. She was nominated for the Bessie Award (New York Dance & Performance Awards) for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer in 2014. Bumbray’s Run Mary Run was on The New York Times’ list of Best Concerts for 2012 and featured in Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran’s BLEED at the 2012 Whitney Biennial. A graduate of Oberlin College, Bumbray received an MA in Africana Studies from New York University.