Allegra Gilfenbaum is an artist, storyteller and bridge builder in leveraging creativity as a process for innovative culture change and collective transformation. She was raised in a family and broader community in rural New Hampshire that was grounded in the arts as communal connection and discussion, especially when related to current events. This foundation led her to Bard College where she studied Classical Vocal Performance and Human Rights. Stints living in Germany on a Rotary Exchange Scholarship and a semester abroad in West Africa shifted her performing ambitions away from classical music and back to her love of music as an agent of social change. She found a home in Hip- Hop through the connection points of revolutionary music and songwriting.
Over the last decade, she’s been rooted in NYC working within social impact, art making and entrepreneurship as a producer, performer, and community builder. This includes founding and teaching a signature vocal program developed for recreational singers, two years of curating and producing social impact events for the Centre For Social Innovation, developing impact strategy with NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program and the Hip- Hop Education Center and acting as lead producer for the Urbanworld Film Festival Innovation Summit. Alongside that she’s continued to cultivate her own artistry by writing, recording and performing original music at venues across NYC. Currently, Allegra is working towards meaningful content creation and experimenting with programming that is entertaining and playful, but rooted in critical thought and examination.