Projecting All Voices Program

Trenzando, performance by former fellow Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez, supported by Projecting All Voices. 
Photo by Katie Ann Franklin, image courtesy of the artist.

The Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship and Visiting Artist Series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and provides opportunities for BIPOC artists and culture workers to advance ideas and projects that investigate race, identity, cultural heritage, power, policy, ability and/or place and community. Through a partnership between Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and ASU Gammage, we seek to inform how educational and cultural institutions must adapt to prepare, support and advance the creative voices of a changing America through an equitable lens and framework of practice.

Our work

We support the development of artists from BIPOC communities by activating a network of resources that include mentorship, unrestricted financial support, professional development experiences, opportunities to develop and present their work, and connection to experts in the field.

Who’s involved

2020-21 Projecting All Voices Fellows

Elizabeth Burden

Elizabeth Burden

Elizabeth Burden is a multidisciplinary artist, blending studio work with social practice. Her recent work focuses on three interrelated themes: geographies, space and place; contemporary state and societal violences; and legacies and vestiges of historical violence and trauma. The common thread that runs through all her work is to look at old realities anew, to confront those realities, reflect upon them, shape them and transform them – whether through artistic practice or through community process, she believes we can be catalysts for change. In 2019, she was artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Arts Institute (Truth and Reconciliation Residency), and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Trainings for the Not Yet). She holds a master’s degree in geographic information science technology and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and in visual arts.. elizabethburden.com

Milta Ortiz

Milta Ortiz

Milta Ortiz is a Salvi award-winning playwright, who moonlights as poet, performer and writer. A transplant from the Bay Area, she now calls Tucson home. Her recent play “Pilar and Paloma” was commissioned and developed in part at Pima Community College, and she is working with Quetzal Guerrero and Borderlands Theater on Anita, a musical in the universe of Annie with the Tucson sound. Her play “Judge Torres,” commissioned by Milagro Theatre Group, toured nationally to colleges and universities. She received NEA Artworks and NALAC Artist grants to develop and produce her play “Sanctuary,” which premiered at Borderlands Theater in September 2018. Her play “Más” was produced at San Diego State University (2018), Su Teatro (March 2017), and co-produced by Laney College (March, 2016), and Ubuntu Theater Project (May 2016). It premiered at Borderlands Theater in September 2015 thanks in part to an NEA Artworks grant and was nominated for a Steinberg-ATCA Award. Borderlands production toured to Northern Arizona University (2016) and Arizona State University (2017). Developed at Borderlands Theater through a National New Play Network residency and a NALAC individual artist grant, Más was selected to the Latino Theater Commons Carnaval play festival and the Kilroys List in 2015. She co-runs Borderlands Theater and teaches theatre at Pima Community College. She is mom to a creative second grader. She earned an MFA from Northwestern University and a BA from San Francisco State University. miltaortiz.com

Horacio Rodriguez

Horacio Rodriguez

Horacio Rodriguez is an artist and educator originally from Houston, Texas. After graduating from Montana State University with an MFA in ceramics in 2016, he received the Morales Teaching Fellowship from the University of Utah and moved to Salt Lake City to teach and further expand his studio practice. Prior to that, he studied ceramics in Japan; taught art, digital graphics and ceramics at Chavez High School on the east side of Houston, working primarily with the immigrant communities; and traveled throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, immersing himself in the culture, language and food of his ancestors. “My work is about the many borders I have crossed in my life,” he says. “I carry many of these borders with me in my memories and produce work about these physical and psychological borders. As a product of multiple cultures and identities, my art is used as a vehicle to explore the creation of my personal narrative within the hybrid cultures of the borderlands.” hellohoracio.com

Jake Skeets

Jake Skeets

Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. Skeets is the author of “Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers,” a National Poetry Series-winning collection of poems. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Skeets is also a winner of the 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He edits an online publication called Cloudthroat and organizes a poetry salon and reading series called Pollentongue, based in the Southwest. He is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: A Diné Writers’ Collective and currently teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. milkweed.org/author/jake-skeets

Past fellows

2019-2020

2019-2020

Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez  
carolinaaranibar-fernandez.com/

Virginia Grise  

Marguerite Hemming  

2018-2019

Advisors and partners

We are grateful to the program partners offering support to the Projecting All Voices Fellowship in a variety of ways. This core group of individuals contribute their expertise and commitment to equitable practices in the field. Our work together manifests in advising the fellowship selection process, supporting the recruitment and mentoring of fellows, contributing to the building of public programming, and facilitating a wider connection to the field at a local, regional and national level.

Program advisors

Tiffany López
Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement
Michael Reed
Sr Director of Programs & Organizational Initiatives, ASU Gammage Lead
Megan Workmon
Director of Student Success
Liz Lerman
Institute Professor, Herberger Institute
Miki Garcia
Director, ASU Art Museum
Benjamin Timpson
Assistant Professor, School of Art
Marcus White
In memoriam

 
Adriana Gallego, Executive Director, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona  
Ralph Remington, Executive Director, Tempe Center for Performing Arts  
Jaclyn Roessel, Director, Grownup Navajo; Co-Founder, Native Women Lead  
Jenea Sanchez, Director, Border Arts Corridor  
Carolina Aranibar-Fernández, PAV Fellow Alumni + Instructor School of Art

Community partner

Southwest Folklife Alliance

In support of the Projecting All Voices fellowship, Southwest Folklife Alliance offers training and mentorship to fellows in research methods and auto-ethnographic practices. Southwest Folklife Alliance also supports the evaluation of the fellowship as a racially responsive program advancing the careers of BIPOC artists working and living within their diverse communities.

Principal investigators

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack
Vice President, ASU Cultural Affairs
Tiffany López
Director (FSC) & Professor
Steven Tepper
Dean & Professor Herberger Institute

Staff

Gabriela Muñoz
Program Coordinator, Sr.

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A regional cohort of four artists from Arizona, Utah and the Diné Nation has been selected to participate in the 2020–21 Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship , a joint venture between Arizona...
Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and ASU Gammage are now accepting applications for the Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship from artists living in...
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