We are thrilled to share the news that Tanya Nuñez has joined the Arts Foundation Team as the Program Coordinator for Thrive in the 05!
As Program Coordinator for Thrive in the 05, Tanya will lead the Storytelling/Public Art Action Activity for the Thrive in the 05 Choice Neighborhoods Area. She will facilitate the artist selection process on behalf of the Housing and Community Development Act in step with the City of Tucson Public Art Administrative Directive, and the storytelling component of the project, gathering stories from the community to identify areas and design elements the community wants to see within the Thrive in the 05 area.
Tanya Núñez is a filmmaker and community organizer based in Tucson, Arizona. She was born in the border town of Douglas, Arizona, and raised between Douglas and the neighboring Mexican town of Agua Prieta, Sonora. She moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television.
Ever since she can remember, the borderlands have played an omnipresent role in her life— heavily influencing her identity, politics, and purpose within the world. She uses video and other creative outlets to empower the underrepresented voices of the Southern Arizona desert and foster constructive dialogue within communities. She strongly believes in the power of storytelling to inspire revolutionary change and collective healing. She has been developing her work through short films that focus on working-class and marginalized communities, exploring themes of immigration, cultural assimilation, gentrification, and magical realism. One of her most recent endeavors has been to use this medium to document and preserve the unique history and culture of Tucson neighborhoods as they change, adapt, and resist the times.