Virtual – Zoom
The Moral Documents or MoralDocs is a transmedia art project and virtual reality film that reenvisions public safety as an issue of public health. Residents of the City of Providence have brought their lived experience into this collaborative Afrofuturist story that envisions an abolitionist future for the City of Providence. In this story, we travel to the Temple of Music in 2040 via a space/time chariot to witness the first graduating class of Community Health Justice. Created and presented by Vatic Kuumba and Shey Rivera Ríos.
Shey Rivera Ríos
Shey ‘Rí Acu’ Rivera Ríos (pronouns: they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural strategist with more than a decade of experience in the arts, intersecting creative practice with urban planning and racial equity. Rivera specializes in cultural management and artistic projects that place creative practice at the service of community and anti-racist goals. Their passion is to use science fiction and magical realism, inspired by the stories of land and ancestors, to imagine just and sustainable futures. Rivera is the founder of Studio Loba and former Artistic/Co-Director of AS220, a renowned arts organization and creative incubator in Providence, RI. After 8 years at AS220, Rivera became Director of Inclusive Regional Development at the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), in the Dept of Urban Studies and Planning of MIT. Rivera has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR-Rio Piedras), and graduate studies in Contemporary Media and Culture from the University of the Sacred Heart, Puerto Rico. Rivera was born and raised in the island of Borikén and has been living in Providence, RI -land of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples- for over a decade.
Vatic Tayari Kuumba
Vatic Tayari Kuumba (he/him) is Arts Facilitator with One Square World, using art as an essential tool for policy design, civic engagement, and popular education. Vatic is an educator, performing artist, and a father of two girls. He is a live performance instructor and part of the Racial Justice Initiative at AS220, an arts nonprofit and creative incubator in Providence, RI. Vatic completed a Live Arts Residency at AS220 where he created his first theatrical production A Furtive Movement, in 2017. He is the recipient of the 2018 RISCA Fellowship for Theater and the 2017 RISCA Playwright Merit Fellowship 2017. And was also Artist-in-Residence for the State Association of Arts Agencies in 2019. Most recently, Kuumba collaborated on the creation of the City of Providence’s Climate Justice Plan and the Environmental Racism Resolution passed by Providence City Council in 2020, as part of the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee in Providence.