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.

Who’s involved

2022-2023 Projecting All Voices Fellows

Amber Doe

Amber Doe

Amber Doe is an interdisciplinary artist working in textile, sculpture, installation, sound, photography and video. Doe creates work with a historical and contemporary understanding of American and post colonial western societies' desire to control and subdue black bodies, along with a vivid material portrait of her immediate family, diasporic and interspecies family. She does not see her experience highlighted in dominant culture, so she uses her art to rectify this representational void.

Her work has been exhibited at the Amarillo Museum of Art, TX; the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI; the Museum of Museums, Seattle, WA; and the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in New York City; as well as featured in a solo exhibition at Snake Bite Gallery in Tucson, AZ in October 2022. Doe was awarded a 2021 Between the Dots Fellowship, a 2021 Abbey Awards Fellowship in Painting at the British School in Rome, Italy, and has been awarded residencies at Arteles in Haukijärvi, Finland; Can Serrat in Barcelona, Spain; and La Ira de Dios in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her BFA in Sculpture, Film, and American History from Sarah Lawrence College.
Photo credit Ruby Escalante.

Amber McCrary

Amber McCrary

Amber McCrary is Diné poet, zinester, feminist and artist. She is Red House born for Mexican people. Originally from Shonto, Arizona and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. She earned her BA from Arizona State University in Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies. She received her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry at Mills College. She is also the creator of DANG! Zine (Daydreaming, Awkward, Native, Girl) Vol. 1 and Vol.2, Angsty Asdzáá: Tales of an angry Indigenous woman zine and The Asdzáá Beat. She recently released a chapbook titled, Electric Deserts! (Tolsun Books). McCrary is the owner and founder of Abalone Mountain Press, a press dedicated to publishing Indigenous voices. She is a board member of the Northern Arizona Book Festival, the AZ Humanities 2022 Rising Star of the year and a 2022 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation LIFT awardee. McCrary currently resides on Akimel O’odham lands.
You can find her poems, interviews and art at Yellow Medicine Review, POETRY Magazine, Room Magazine, Poets and Writers Magazine, The Navajo Times and forthcoming in Santa Fe Literary Review.

Nuttaphol Ma

Nuttaphol Ma

Nuttaphol Ma is a multidisciplinary artist whose work connects the seemingly disconnected notes from unfolding everyday moments. He uses patterns from his subconscious, dreams, and past to compose stories about longing, loss, memory, survival, and the labor of adapting to a new home. His work is presented in varying forms including installations, participatory workshops, and public interventions through performances. Ephemera are recorded as artist books, essay films, and storytelling.

Ma’s recent work titled Meditative Shit: A Collective Ritual to Heal, Repair, Mend was selected for the 2022 Imagining America National Gathering at Tulane University. The piece draws strengths from his ancestors and cultural roots as ways to heal, repair and mend through rituals. He currently runs a nomadic self-imposed sweatshop entitled The China Outpost that migrates across the country. Within The China Outpost, he alters a flag from an immigrant’s lens at public spaces. Such action is a direct response to the unrelenting xenophobic rhetoric that has dominated the airwaves and social media in recent times. Ma holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, Architectural Conservation, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Instagram and Twitter: @thechinaoutpost

Daisy Quezada Ureña

Daisy Quezada Ureña

Daisy Quezada Ureña is a visual artist and educator based in Santa Fe, NM. She creates ceramic works and installations that center identity and place. Informed through her Mexican-American background, her work bridges the personal to the social, forming a relationship between immigration, gender inequality, labor and class issues. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at: The Denver Art Museum (Denver, Colorado), Summerhall (Edinburg, Scotland), New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum (New Taipei, Taiwan), Gyeonggi Ceramic Art Museum (Icheon, South Korea) and Wheelright Museum of American Indian.

Her most recent publication bosque brotante documents the interactions and objects involved in her sculptural and participatory art project about the Rio Grande, or bosque region. As an extension of her practice Quezada Ureña has also worked alongside non-for-profit organizations, including El Otro Lado/The Other Side and Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, which impact community at a local level by working with youth.

2021-2022 Projecting All Voices Fellows

2021-2022 Projecting All Voices Fellows

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..

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.”

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.

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

Countermapping Arizona

Countermapping Arizona: Rebuilding BIPOC Artistic Ecosystems Across Borders is a project led by Jake Skeets, Diné poet and Projecting All Voices Fellowship alum. Funded by an NEA grant, Countermapping Arizona will convene a cohort of Indigenous artists in 2023, from across Arizona and the Borderlands, to remap the evolution of artistic ecosystems in urban, rural, indigenous and border communities, post-COVID-19.

The project brings together visual artists and poets to collaborate and design gatherings connecting the sovereign nations of Diné, Tohono O’odham, and urban and border communities in Sells and Flagstaff, Arizona. The project will culminate in a collaborative artwork, centering indigeneity and strengthening state-wide artistic networks of support for Arizona artists, students and communities. Participating artists include Makaye Lewis (Tohono O’odham), Sky Duncan (Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan) and Manny Loley (Diné).

Jake Skeets

Jake Skeets

Jake Skeets (he/him) is Tsi’naajínii born for Tábąąhá; his maternal grandparents are the Táchii’nii and his paternal grandparents are the Tódík’ózhí. Skeets is Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. He is the author of “Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers,” winner of the National Poetry Series, American Book Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Whiting Award. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His honors include a 2020-2021 Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship and the 2023-2024 Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. He is an assistant professor and teaches at the University of Oklahoma.

Sky Duncan

Sky Duncan

Sky Duncan (26) is from the San Carlos Apache, Arikara, Hidatsa and Mandan tribes. He grew up in Mesa, Arizona, as a hoop dancer with his family. His preferred gender pronouns are he, him, his and they. He identifies as Two-Spirit and gay.
The vibrant colors in Pow Wows, pop music and Pokémon sparked his first interest in art. Duncan creates paintings, mainly colorful and abstract portraits of escapism or rumination.

Makaye Lewis

Makaye Lewis

Makaye Lewis is a Tohono O’odham multidisciplinary artist working mainly in printmaking. Lewis comes from the small, secluded village of Ventana on the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona but currently resides in the village of Ak Chin. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2019. Her work is inspired by her lived experiences from life in the borderlands as an Indigenous person to life as a new mom. She is also largely influenced by her O’odham culture.

Manny Loley

Manny Loley

Manny Loley is ‘Áshįįhi born for Tó Baazhní’ázhí; his maternal grandparents are the Tódích’íi’nii and his paternal grandparents are the Kinyaa’áanii. Loley is from Tsétah Tó Ák’olí. He is a current PhD candidate in English and literary arts at the University of Denver. Loley is director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute. His work has found homes in Poetry Magazine, Pleaides Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Broadsided Press, the Yellow Medicine Review and the Diné Reader: an Anthology of Navajo Literature, among others. His writing has been thrice nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Loley is at work on a novel titled “They Collect Rain in Their Palms.”

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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Gabriela Muñoz
Senior Project Manager