Artist and Cultural Strategist, a.o. board of Artist Communities Alliance
Shey 'Rí Acu' Rivera Ríos (pronouns: they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and arts administrator with 10+ years of experience in the arts. Rivera serves on the Board of Directors of the Artist Communities Alliance, an international network of artist residencies.
Rivera was born and raised in the island of Borikén and has been living in Providence, RI - land of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples - for over a decade, where they support networks and communities of artists and arts administrators across geographies.
Rivera was the former Artistic/Co-Director of AS220, a renowned arts organization and creative incubator in Providence, RI. After 8 years at AS220, Rivera assumed the role of Director of Inclusive Regional Development at MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), in the Dept of Urban Studies and Planning of MIT, where they co-designed and implemented workshops on collective leadership and community innovation in Colombia.
Today, Rivera is an independent artist and founder of Studio Loba LLC, a design and consulting firm specializing in art and culture projects at the intersection of civic engagement and urban planning.
Rivera has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR-Rio Piedras), and graduate studies in Contemporary Media and Culture from the University of the Sacred Heart, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Shey is the moderator of the speakers' panel at the onAIRISM - challenges and transitions conference on 11 November 2021
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