Jenea Sanchez, Communications Manager

Arts Foundation Staff Bio:
Jenea Sanchez, Communications Manager

Jenea Sanchez

Jenea Sanchez serves as the Communications Manager for the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona, a role she steps into with a sense of great responsibility and pride.

Born and raised in Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, SON, Jenea’s work as an educator, and arts administrator, and artist is deeply rooted in her sense of place and building cultural power in all aspects of her artistic and professional life. Prior to serving as the Communications Manager for the Arts Foundation, Jenea was a full-time instructor at Cochise College, teaching Digital Media Arts, whose teaching philosophy has evolved to center ethical practices, local representation, and community activation, encouraging students to utilize their skills to uplift underrepresented voices and local stories. At the core, her teaching practice encourages students to communicate their lived realities as a vehicle to broaden the images, sounds, and stories that represent Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico as a place of extraordinary beauty and diversity. 

In 2015, Jenea and her husband, Robert Uribe founded Border Arts Corridor (BAC), a non-profit arts organization based in Douglas, Arizona, dedicated to better understanding the complexities of the borderlands. The organization works closely with local artists to create spaces for conversation and dialogue, and shared creative experiences that are unique to living in a border community. The organization is a recipient of the Ford-NALAC Reclaiming the Border Narrative Grant, an effort to penetrate and shape the national attention about migration and the border by supporting authentic storytelling and artistic expression in our communities.

For Jenea, joining a team of professionals who center, diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the work is an inspiring next phase in her career where, as she believes in the power of artistic expression and production in contributing to building a more just and equitable future for Southern Arizona.

She currently serves on the 2021 Creative Values Cohort for Arizona Commission on the Arts, and artwork is currently on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in the Division of Labor: Women Shifting a Transnational Gaze exhibition.

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