Ashley MinnerĀ is a community based visual artist, folklorist and storyteller from Baltimore, Maryland. A member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, she has been active in the Baltimore Lumbee community for many years, and regularly visits communities throughout the U.S South and Latin America as well. Ashley coordinates Artists U Baltimore, a grassroots planning and professional development program run by and for artists, for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. She also works as a folklorist for the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council. Ashley holds a BFA in General Fine Art, an MA and an MFA in Community Art, which she earned at Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently a PhD in American Studies student at University of Maryland College Park, where she is studying relationships between place and identity. Ashley was a 2016 Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in NY, NY. She is most inspired by the beauty of everyday people.