Woods Fairchild, Public Art Assistant Manager

Arts Foundation Staff Bio:
Woods Fairchild, Public Art Assistant Manager

Woods Fairchild

Woods Fairchild joined the Arts Foundation team at the start of February 2021 as Public Art Assistant Manager, humbled and energized by the opportunity to continue her work in arts advocacy. Prior to the Arts Foundation, Woods was working with Tucson artists in higher education at the local art and design university, Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA). First hired as an Admissions Representative in 2019, then promoted in 2020 as Associate Director of Admissions and assistant in Student Services, Woods centered her work at SUVA on inclusion, equity, and cultivating a sense of community. Expanding the university’s scholarship program to increase accessibility in funding for more students — as well as curating weekly newsletters with the latest scholarship opportunities for BIPOC, LGBTQIA queer, First-Generation, and students with disabilities — were just a couple of Woods’ key focuses that kept SUVA’s prospective and current students in mind. Working with a team and an institution that took strides to systematically align better with their mission to be anti-racist, not white-centric, disability-inclusive, mental health supportive, non-heteronormative, and gender-fluidity normalizing, was what Woods loved most about her team and will carry those same values forward into all her work. For Woods, the joy of working alongside bold accomplished artists and serving as an advocate for rising artists’ futures was the greatest part of working in arts advocacy and was what led her to the Arts Foundation.

Woods firmly believes in the critical and ongoing work of recognizing positionality in any field of work. It is vital to not forget that the land we are on is Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui Indigenous land. As a white member of the Arts Foundation team, working in the borderland territory of Southern Arizona, Woods humbly upholds the importance of acknowledging privilege. Centralizing values of equity in every action taken in this position is essential. Outside of work hours, Woods is an active participant in local social justice action in Southern Arizona, volunteering with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage (BICAS), volunteering and taking trainings with No Más Muertes, taking action at the capitol with Equality Arizona and Human Rights Campaign (HRC), attending School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) Border Encuentros in Nogales, supporting BIPOC businesses, donating to mutual aid events, attending virtual and in-person events, vigils, and marches hosted by the community, as well as continuously self-educating.

In other personal time, Woods enjoys biking, hiking, and art projects of her own. The arts have been a huge part of Woods’ life personally, including visual arts like figure drawing, costume design, photography, and print-making, however, more particularly expressive arts. Woods earned her BA in Cognitive Psychology, at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, supplemental to her studies in Education and Dance. Woods’ personal interest in dance, somatic therapies, and bodywork has inspired her participation in a movement meditation practice called 5Rhythms, which she practices at the community artist studio space, Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, and has practiced regularly for four years now. Alongside her primary career, Woods is earning her certification to become a 5Rhythms teacher. Most of all, however, Woods is a collector of artwork by artists who inspire her. Woods adores the warmth that the prints bring to the walls of her home, and strongly believes in supporting local artists and their futures. Woods is humbled and thrilled to be joining the Arts Foundation’s mission and looks forward to all that’s ahead.

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