Student Spotlight: Zamara Choudhary

Zamara Choudhary graduated summa cum laude zamara-picture
from CUNY Macaulay Honors College at  Hunter College in 2016, where she majored in History with minors in English and Arabic Studies. A native Brooklynite, Zamara enjoys exploring the diaspora of cultural organizations in New York City, and dreamed of working in a museum as a child. Zamara has interned at Studio in a School, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of the Cityof New York, and the Brooklyn Museum. She hopes to use her unique background and passion for social justice to facilitate cross-cultural understanding and exchange through the arts.

What attracted you to the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College, Columbia University?
I approached three forks in the road at the end of my undergraduate career: education; historical academia; and arts administration. I ultimately selected the Arts Administration program at Teachers College, Columbia University because I felt it combined all of my interests with its flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum and ability to cross-register into other schools at Columbia University. There is also no place more suitable to study the arts and its impact on diverse communities than New York City, where the numerous new shows and exhibitions enrich academic experience.Describe student life as a member of the ARAD community.
When coming into this program, I did not expect to create such strong relationships with my incredible cohort. I have never been surrounded by such a supportive and close-knit community, who are so passionate about inciting change through the arts. My peers force me to think differently and critically about multiple issues, both in and outside the classroom, allowing me to come into my own as an arts administrator of the twenty-first century.
Who are your three favorite artists, in any medium?
Only three? I would choose mangaka Junji Ito, mixed-media artist Faig Ahmed, and soul singer Sam Cooke.

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