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 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).