Photo: Alexander Bustamante

Aya Rodriguez-Izumi is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work blends installation, performance, community engagement, documentation and beyond to explore aspects of ritual retention, cross-cultural identity and histories that risk erasure. She was born in Okinawa, Japan, and grew up between that island and East Harlem, NY, where she currently lives and holds a studio. Her work has been exhibited through group and solo presentations nationally and internationally. She was a 2020 artist fellow at Socrates Sculpture Park and joined as Director of Programming and Engagement in 2021.