Ashley Fairbanks is an Anishinaabe artist/activist and citizen of the White Earth Nation. Ashley is the Director of Narrative & Network Building at Voices for Racial Justice. Outside of her job at Voices, Ashley is a public artist and interdisciplinary designer. Working with a cohort of artists that do racial justice popular education and organizing, Ashley seeks ways to creatively innovate social-change work. Ashley is a founding member of the ROVE project, a united effort of Rhymesayers Entertainment, community organizers, and artists utilizing hip hop to innovate our electoral process. She's way too nerdy about municipal politics, has three chickens and loves tabletop gaming.
Ashley attended the University of Minnesota to study American Indian studies and Political Science, and has completed Intermedia Arts Creative Community Leadership Institute, NACDI’s Native Organizing and Leadership Institute, The Humphrey School’s Roy Wilkins Community Policy Fellowship, was a 2016 Forecast Public Art Emerging Public Artist Grantee and is a 2017 Bush Foundation Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar.