Bridging Art and Identity: Adriel Luis on Creativity and Community

Bridging Art and Identity: Adriel Luis on Creativity and Community

Adriel Luis is a self-taught musician, poet, curator, coder, and visual artist based in Los Angeles. With a background in Asian American studies, Adriel's work explores the connections between native identity, diaspora, and belonging. As a curator at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Adriel focuses on digital and emerging practices, seeking to bring diverse voices and perspectives to the forefront.

Adriel discusses his creative journey and the various mediums he works in. From writing poetry to web and graphic design, Adriel's work is informed by his love for spoken word and his desire to make art accessible to a wider audience. As a curator at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Adriel explores digital and emerging practices, aiming to address pressing issues and promote collaboration. He recently curated a music compilation called "Bravespace," featuring Asian American women and non-binary artists exploring the themes of meditation and mindfulness.

Within this segment, we dig into:

  • Adriel's creative odyssey, tracing its origins from writing poetry and performing spoken word to its present-day influence on his work across diverse artistic mediums.
  • Adriel's distinctive approach to curation, characterized by the earnest desire to forge meaningful connections and catalyze collaborations that transcend traditional boundaries.
  • Adriel's profound philosophy on the creative process, as we unpack his belief in savoring the journey of creation and discovering profound joy within each artistic endeavor.
  • The heart of Adriel's innovative project, "Bravespace," as we delve into its purpose of broadening the horizons of meditation and mindfulness through the infusion of cultural context and a vibrant spectrum of musical genres.

Join us as we delve into the creative mind of Adriel Luis, a polymath artist whose projects tackle pressing issues while promoting collaboration and creativity. Don't miss this thought-provoking conversation!

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