I'm Ashley Fairbanks.


I'm an artist, organizer, designer and writer. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I'm just trying to do good work that makes this world a little bit better of a place.




I'm an Anishinaabe artist, organizer, and digital strategist. As an interdisciplinary designer, Ashley works with a cohort of artists that do racial justice popular education and organizing, seeking ways to creatively innovate social-change work. I'm a founding member and artistic director of the ROVE project, a united effort of Rhymesayers Entertainment, community organizers, and artists utilizing hip hop to impact our electoral process. 

I have my own design practice, train people on strategic communications and design and runs social media and narrative work for nonprofits. I've worked on everything from municipal to Senate campaigns. 

I attended the University of Minnesota and studied American Indian Studies and Political Science.

Here's some other things I've done:

  • Minnesota Historical Society Museum Fellows Program
  • Intermedia Arts Creative Community Leadership Institute
  • NACDI’s Native Organizing, and Leadership Institute
  • Native Organizers Alliance Organizing Institute
  • Humphrey School Roy Wilkins Community Policy Fellowship
  • 2016 Forecast Public Art Emerging Public Artist Grantee
  • Wellstone Action Digital Organizing School
  • 2017 Bush Foundation Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar
  • 2017-2018 Rockwood Institute Techquity Scholar
  • Wellstone Action Advanced Campaign Management School

I have over 10 years of experience doing digital strategy, design, art direction and messaging work.