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Raul Enriquez at Community Tech NY
Raul Enriquez is a lighter skin Latino man, with swooped mostly salt and a dash of pepper hair, moustache, and beard.

Portrait of Eyebeam Democracy Machine Fellow 2024, Raul Enriquez. Courtesy of the artist.

Date and place of birth
b. 1961, Los Angeles, CA
Current location
Brooklyn, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2024, Democracy Machine Fellow

Raul Enriquez is an artist and educator who firmly believes a classroom should be visceral, safe, and collaborative. At CTNY, Enriquez focuses most of his energy designing & refining Portable Network Kits (PNK) and its accompanying curriculum modules to demystify the basics of wireless networking, local servers, the internet, and solar battery power. 

From 2016-2019, Enriquez was the Tech & Training Manager of the Resilient Communities project for RISE:NYC, where he co-designed the Digital Steward curriculum as well as trained and mentored five RISE:NYC Community Coordinators. 

Prior to being involved in community tech, Enriquez spent nearly 10 years teaching adult education (GED), computer literacy, and media arts to underserved/at-risk individuals at Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) in Gowanus, NYC, and at The Doe Fund in NYC. As a guest artist, he taught graduate courses at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). In the 90s and early 00s, Enriquez was a sound designer/composer for theatre director Reza Abdoh and many other LA/NYC-based performance artists.


Community Tech NY (CTNY)

Community Tech New York (CTNY) believes that building community networks builds community power. Since 2011, CTNY has collaborated with local organizations in NYC, New York State, and other US sites to create community-owned internet infrastructure. Their approach is grounded in the Detroit Digital Justice principles of access, participation, common ownership, and healthy communities.

CTNY works as consultants and educators. They partner with local organizations to co-design and co-create digital ecosystems that support resilience, equity, and self-determination. They build long-term relationships in line with a community’s social infrastructure, rather than offer short-term tech solutions. They don’t come into a neighborhood, build a WiFi network, and leave–they support groups building out their own projects suited to holistic community needs, created with shared principles, and maintained for generations.

Eyebeam models a new approach to artist-led creation for the public good; we are a non-profit that provides significant professional support and money to exceptional artists for the realization of important ideas that wouldn’t exist otherwise. Nobody else is doing this.

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