Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Lydia Perez and Yoruba 2

Lydia is the founder and artistic director of the Puerto Rican Institute of Arts and Advocacy, Inc., (PRIAA), and founder of Yoruba 2, an award-winning and nationally recognized traditional music group from Puerto Rico. The group is known for playing genres of Puerto Rican folk music such as "bomba", "full" and other Caribbean rhythms. Lydia has spent the last twenty-seven years as an interpreter and cultural educator/activist in the United States as well as Puerto Rico, and has been recognized as an Artisan of Wood Carver, Paper Mache Masks making and a community asset in Rhode Island. Her work has been in great demand by the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (RISCA), the Rhode Island Foundation, the RI Council on the Humanities, cultural arts organizations, and school departments in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) from Puerto Rico specifically asked PRIAA to represent the beauty of Puerto Rican culture and perform at the 2019 Conference of the National Assembly of State Art Agencies (NASSA).


Additional Links: 
by Lydia Perez and Yidell Rivera ) Mother & Daugther

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  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Founder and Director
Physical Address: 
Warwick, RI 02888
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Folk
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - History
Music - Folk
Music - Traditional
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Preservation / Conservation
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
NALAC, 2015
RI State Council on the Arts Fellow- 2000
RI Foundation Fellow- 2000
RI Teaching Artists Center (RITAC),- 20
Associate Artistic of Teatro Vida-2010
Cambridge Who's Who-2009
Former member of Warwick Affirmative Action Commission- 1998-2006
Former member of Adjutant General's Office Committee, 1998-2000
Inter-American University
2021 RISCA Traditional Folklore Arts Apprenticeship, Grisel Lopez
2020 RISCA Traditional Folklore Arts Apprenticeship, Las Pleneras de RI
2018 RISCA Traditional Folklore Arts Apprenticeship-Dorothy Rivera
2014- Diversity Champion Ethnic Business Awards
2010 RISCA Runner Up Fellowship in Traditional Arts
2007-Extraordinary Woman Award
2002 Traditional Artist Award from Woonsocket Community
2002 Individual Artists from the people of Blackstone Valley Cultural Committee, Central Falls
2001 Individual Artist Award from the International Gallery for Heritage and Culture
2000 Rhode Island Foundation Fellowship
2000 American Tradition Award, National Tourism, Southern Arts Federation
2000 RISCA Fellowship in Traditional Arts
1999 American Tradition Award, National Tourism, Southern Arts Federation
1998 RISCA Runner Up Fellowship in Traditional Arts
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Rhode Island Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Good auditorium or Gym spaces for performance
Good Sound equipment
Classroom for workshop
four chairs
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Rhode Island
Minimum Number of Performers: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: