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.

Projecting All Voices supports racial equity and inclusion in the arts so that our nation’s cultural life honors and represents the full creative diversity of our country’s population and is a program of the Studio for Creativity, Place and Equitable Communities. The fellowship is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and provides opportunities for 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 the 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

The Projecting All Voices fellowship supports underrepresented artists from the Southwest region who are interested in exploring issues of racial equity in the arts. Fellows are part of, and work within, communities underrepresented in higher education and art institutions.  

We support the advancement of artists from Southwest communities by activating ASU’s network of resources, including mentorship, unrestricted financial support, professional development experiences, opportunities to develop and present their work, and connection to experts in the field.

The fellows inform conversations about 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.

The next cohort

The 2022-2023 Projecting All Voices Fellowship will take place from June 2022 to November 2023. The deadline to apply via Submittable was April 3, 2022. Residency in Arizona during the fellowship is not required, and travel will be scheduled to visit the campus during the fellowship. Applicants must live and work in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and/or Sovereign Tribal Nations within the geographic Southwest. All fellows receive an unrestricted $38,000 honorarium and additional resources and support from ASU.

Projecting All Voices Fellowship 2022 application guidelines

Who’s involved

2022-2023 Projecting All Voices Fellows announcement coming soon!

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..

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.

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.”

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.

2019-2020 Projecting All Voices Fellows

2019-2020 Projecting All Voices Fellows

Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez

Virginia Grise  

Marguerite Hemming  

2018-2019 Projecting All Voices Fellows

2018-2019 Projecting All Voices Fellows

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

Carolina Aranibar-Fernández, PAV Fellow Alumna and Instructor, School of Art

Liz Burden, PAV Fellow Alumna 

Claudio Dicochea, Organizational Programs Manager, Arizona Commission on the Arts

Adriana Gallego, Executive Director, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona  

Tiffany Ana López, ASU Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence

Milta Ortiz, PAV Fellow Alumna 

Christina You-sun Park, Assistant Director, ASU Studio for Creativity, Place and Equitable Communities

Christian Ramirez, Exhibitions and Residency Manager, Artpace 

Horacio Rodriguez, PAV Fellow Alumnus

Jaclyn Roessel, Director, Grownup Navajo; Co-Founder, Native Women Lead; and Director of Decolonized Futures & Radical Dreams, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

Jake Skeets, PAV Fellow Alumnus and Assistant Professor, Diné College

Principal investigators

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack
Vice President, ASU Cultural Affairs
Gabriela Muñoz
Senior Project Manager and PAV Staff Contact
Steven Tepper
Dean and Director, Herberger Institute


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Contact us

Gabriela Muñoz
Senior Project Manager