Adriel Luis

Everything Adriel Luis does is driven by the belief that social justice can be achieved through surprising, imaginative and loving methods. Since then, he has toured the world with his band iLL-Literacy using music and spoken word to strengthen Afro-Asian coalitions in colleges; collaborated with dozens of community organizations to rethink their missions using design; helped jumpstart OneBeat, a program that convenes musicians from throughout the world for cultural diplomacy; and co-founded Bombshelltoe, which works with artists to highlight marginalized communities affected by nuclear history. Adriel now spends much of his time as the Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, where he pushes for emerging artists of color to be shown and paid fairly by museums. He and his team has been curating Culture Labs — an alternative to museum exhibitions, built on community organizing principles. Adriel is at his best when he’s traveling the world, eating delicious food and building bridges in the global Asian creative community. He’s based in a Washington D.C., has lived in New York and Beijing, but has never forgotten his roots in the California Bay Area. Find him everywhere as @DRZZL.

Image by Dominic Chavez

Performance shot of Anida Yoeu Ali at CrossLines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building (former site of the U.S. National Museum), Washington, D.C.(photo by Les Talusan)