Ashley Minner, who completed her BFA in General Fine Arts in 2005, her MA in Community Arts in 2007. and her MFA in Community Arts in 2011, was born and raised in Baltimore. A member of the Lumbee Tribe, she has been active in the Baltimore Lumbee community for many years and sought to bring art to the Native American community she grew up in. She did so by creating The Native American After School Art Program (NAASAP), which she currently directs. The program uses art as a vehicle for Lumbee Indian youth to address issues that matter to them.
"Having grown up in the community, I think it's wonderful that you can dedicate yourself, your career, and your living doing something you would do naturally," Minner said.
Minner is also the Liaison for the Native American Program (Title VII Indian Education) in Baltimore City Public Schools. Her involvement in her own community informs and inspires her creative work.