Tipsy Social CEO Joins the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts

Andrew with AIVA Logo

Andrew Mendez-Spera is now a member of AIVA

The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, AIVA for short, “is an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.” AIVA is responsible for sanctioning, judging, and mapping the strategic direction for the prestigious Communicator, Davey, and w3 awards programs.

Members of the Academy review and judge categories for which they have demonstrated expertise. Andrew is now among other leading professionals from companies like MTV, Fast Company, Inc., Microsoft, Coach, and more that will review and score the work from thousands of creatives each year over the three awards programs.

Having won a Gold Davey Award in 2020 for his work on the Realize Your Possible website, Andrew is excited to be involved in recognizing the hard work and dedication of other creatives.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity not only to judge future awards but to see first-hand what amazing creatives from around the world are doing to keep the industry innovative and relevant,” said Mendez-Spera when he received his invitation. “After winning a prestigious Gold Davey last year, I know just how impactful and rewarding it feels to have hard work recognized. It’s inspiring and motivating. I hope that I can do my part to bring that same feeling to other creatives as part of my AIVA membership.”

Membership for the Academy is invite-only – though there is a link on their website in which you can apply for consideration. The Communicator Awards, “the leading international awards program recognizing excellence in communication across a spectrum of industries, championing effective and meaningful work,” will be the first opportunity for Mendez-Spera to get his feet wet, judging for AIVA. The entry deadline has been extended to January 29 for those interested in submitting their work.

For more information on the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, visit

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