Rich Richardson is Executive Director of Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts and The ARTS at Marks Garage. He is founder of Chinatown Artists Lofts, and co-founder of First Friday Honolulu. He has a MA of Creative Arts Interdisciplinary Studies from San Francisco State University and has been a working artist in Hawaii for over 20 years. He was owner of pioneer Chinatown art gallery salon5, an adjunct Professor of Art at Hawaii Pacific University and has developed arts programming for at-risk teens. He is currently on the board of Arts District Merchants Association.