Ashe Helm-Hernández is a queer southern Black butch artist, cultural worker, organizer and youth advocate with roots in Louisville, KY. They hold a Bachelors of Art in Studio Arts from the Hite Art Institute. Ashe has over 15 years of experience in Human Rights to Education advocacy, leadership development, and youth mentoring in the South. They co-founded and co-lead Tiger’s Eye Collective – a Queer Security Cultural and Educational project. Ashe’s political artwork and cultural organizing led them to co-create a number of projects and practices of cultural solidarity with grassroots organizations AgitArte, Southerners On New Ground (SONG), the #NOT1MORE deportation national campaign (Mijente), they piloted with the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR); an adult education project to support GLAHR members to earn their GED towards their eligibility for DACA, and Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, where they served as Program Coordinator and coedited Black Youth Power Rising, Project South 2015. Ashe most recently, along with SONG, curated and co-edited a special edition of The Change Agent issue #44 – an Adult Education publication for Social Justice Issues. Ashe serves on the planning committee for the Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast (RL) hosted by Southern Unity Movement (SUM) in Atlanta, GA on MLK Day. They are passionate about ending the school-to-prison pipeline, curating spaces for queer and trans youth leaders and the safety of all our people.
Lead Organizer, Southeast and East