ACTIVATION BY ASHLEY ORTIZ DIAZ
On October 24th, 2020, Ashley used the kit to set up a booth at the #FreeTheVote Rally & March in Alachua County. The event was hosted by Florida For All, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, and the Goddsville Dream Defenders, all progressive groups that work to elect progressive candidates and make policy changes that benefit all, but especially the incarcerated, immigrants, and the marginalized. The event was geared towards getting people to vote, including raising awareness about the lack of ability to vote of felons and immigrants. Many attendees marched to the voting precinct to vote. The Official Unofficial Voting Station was one of several, and the only one who did the unique thing of offering a vote to those in attendance who couldn’t vote. The set up was pretty conventional--and yet the best looking booth in the plaza--with a tent, a table, signs, and decorations. Ashley informed folx on the aim of the booth and who could and couldn’t vote in the United States. Several non-voting groups submitted ballots, including the young, the formerly incarcerated, and immigrants.
Images by Ashley Ortiz Diaz
Ashley Ortiz-Diaz (she/her) is an artist, curator, teacher, and aspiring death doula in Gainesville, FL. Ashley received her MFA in Printmaking from the School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida, and has exhibited nationally, with an emphasis on the South Eastern US, where her research is focused. In 2019, Ashley was awarded the 4Most Gallery + Studio Residency in Gainesville, Florida, and received the Individual Arts Award by the Gainesville Cultural Affairs Board. Her interest in community involvement has lead to curatorial collaborations with Florida Prisoner Solidarity and the Community Education Program, organizing panels and exhibitions about restorative justice and the conditions inside Florida prisons. Her most recent collaboration with these groups, titled Seeing Humanity and shown in Orlando, displayed letters from prisoners, and banners used during demonstrations against police brutality.