Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Cristina Diaz-Carrera is Curator at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She joined the Center in 2007. She has worked as a program coordinator and curatorial assistant for several Folklife Festival programs, including México (2010), Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150 (2012), Colombia: The Nature of Culture (2011), and PERÚ: Pachamama (2015). In early 2013, Cristina became the Folklife Festival production manager.
Prior to becoming staff, Cristina worked various stints as a Center intern and contractor on Latino music recordings and programs.
Cristina holds a B.A. in ethnomusicology from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.A. in Caribbean/Latin American studies from New York University. She enjoys producing video pieces, content-rich websites, and Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs, and she moonlights as a photographer and video production assistant in her spare time.