Ashley is an arts administrator working with artists and organizers who share values in dismantling systemic oppression. Code-switching as a young, multiracial, queer, female in institutional artistic and political spaces where she holds no systematic power, has given Ashley years of insight to collaboratively create effective, long-term strategies towards ending injustice. Her practice centers civic arts and cultural engagements to shift power and voice to those white supremacy has tried to make invisible.
Joseph Larios grew up a poor Gay Latino kid from the wrong side of the tracks. He watched his mom organize the community to fight back against gangs and drugs that had taken over the neighborhood. Seeing ordinary people accomplish extraordinary things was a powerful lesson.
Joseph graduated from Arizona State University, where he fought alongside construction workers at the Arizona AFL-CIO and co-founded the AZ Worker Rights Center to give workers the tools to stand up to harassment and wage theft. He went on to help form Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE) that developed community programs and municipal policy. He has brought the community together to have a voice at the ballot box and make politicians pay attention to our neighborhoods, which did more than change who represented our community, it set a higher bar for community engagement in city governance and ensured a voice for underrepresented communities.
He has a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University.
Mary's practice engages civic engagement and cultural citizenship through the arts, with demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with diverse communities locally, nationally and internationally. Mary's work advances visibility, representation, and power-sharing between local, state and national artists and organizations. Key to her method is leadership development, building strong partnerships, and intersectional approaches to institutional community engagement. Her curatorial work focuses on bi-national relationships between Mexico and the United States, and curating site-specific artistic experiences that address social issues.
Mary received her B.A. in Theatre from Arizona State University, and an M.A. in International Peace & Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, DC.