Daniel Rizik-Baer is a proud wearer of many hats, with a career in the nonprofit arts and social justice sector that spans over ten years. His interests have always focused on creating a better world, improving the quality of life for underserved communities, and supporting young people to grow. These goals have always been rooted in the arts, community-based work, and research, usually with attempts at combining all three together.
As an artist, Daniel is interested in multiple mediums to create. Early on, Daniel, aka "Silencio" established himself through hip-hop music production, releasing four EPs, mixing and recording, or producing for some of Los Angeles’ most notable rappers and MCs, such as Open Mike Eagle, NoCanDo, Cadalack Ron and more.
Daniel is currently one half of light artist duo LightRiders (www.lightridersproductions.com), a creative team focused on custom, interactive, and unique light installations for DJ and club shows, standalone installations, and venue specific creations. Through this medium, Daniel combines his love for technology and science with an artists sensitivity and excitement.
As an arts professional, Daniel served as co-Executive Director of J.U.i.C.E. (Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy), a nonprofit hip-hop arts program in Macarthur Park that provides free arts programming and practice space with a special focus on underserved youth. He also served as Program Manager at the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, overseeing event operations, marketing and outreach, high school and college internship program, the vendor and nonprofit partnership program and village, and corporate partnerships for over 100 free concerts each summer.
This work, combined with a love of alternative research, science, and sociology, also led Daniel to co-design and co-author a globally received landmark study with the National Institutes of Health that used freestyle rap to explore the brain’s activity during the creative state, published in Nature Magazine (online edition) in 2012 (freestylescience.com).
Outside of the arts, Daniel has also held positions to support parental involvement in education, in support of permanent supportive housing to address homelessness as Community Relations Manager with the Skid Row Housing Trust, and is currently the Project Director for the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network, a program of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.
Daniel has a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz (Sociology with a minor in Electronic Music) and a Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) with a concentration in Management and Planning from UC Berkeley. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (818) 442-4407