Future Riso resident--Ashley Fairbanks

Ashley Fairbanks is an Anishinaabe artist, political organizer, and designer, born and bred in south Minneapolis. She has her own consulting practice, doing strategic communications, developing brand identities and running social media and narrative work for nonprofits and political campaigns. She has been a leader on municipal, congressional and gubernatorial races.  Ashley is a founding member of AMP: Art. Music. Politics, a united effort of Rhymesayers Entertainment, community organizers, and artists utilizing hip hop to impact our electoral process. When she's not trying to change our political landscape, she bakes bread in her Seward kitchen, reads graphic novels and spends way too much Instagramming her pets. She believes that another world is possible.
Ashley attended the University of Minnesota and studied American Indian Studies and Political Science. Ashley 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, a 2017 Bush Foundation Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and a 2017 Rockwood Institute Techquity Fellow.