Dean and Director Kwang-Wu Kim
When Arizona State University established the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in April 2009, it marked not only an important turning point in the evolution of the study and practice of the design and arts disciplines at ASU, but it also confirmed the vital role creative practice plays across the university.
The creation of the Herberger Institute, which merged the College of Design and the Herberger College of the Arts, has empowered each school and its leadership to define its programmatic and curricular trajectory and explore transdisciplinary collaborative opportunities that did not exist previously at ASU. Our commitment to providing all qualified students with a rigorous quality education remains firmly in place and no academic program has been curtailed or lost as a result of the formation of the Institute.
The launch of the Herberger Institute was inaugurated in fall 2009 at a ceremony highlighted by addresses from ASU President Michael Crow, University Provost to Elizabeth Phillips and Gary Herberger, at which we publicly introduced the new configuration of schools comprising the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: the schools of Art; Arts, Media + Engineering; Dance; Design; Music; and Theatre and Film.
To be able to follow the progress of our students as they pursue the growth of their skills and knowledge within their chosen discipline is a source of inspiration for me. As Dean and Director, I relish the privilege of greeting each graduate as they walk across the stage full of anticipation and enthusiasm for whatever is next.
We have already seen several transdisciplinary collaborations come together that are enhancing the student experience at ASU. Dance studios welcome design students, creating a new conversation about bodies and movement within and around physical space. The School of Art and The Design School established X-Square, a design and programming competition to activate an open space between two buildings on the northwest corner of campus, the first project-based collaboration between these two schools in the history of the university. The School of Arts, Media and Engineering is engaging with students and faculty across each of the disciplines to investigate how society is informed by and adapts to digital culture.
Along with the core study of each school, we are focusing our work at the Herberger Institute around the exploration of the contemporary human condition through creative practice and research. To do this, we have identified four central themes:
I invite you to take a closer look at the efforts within these four areas in the 2008-2009 Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Annual Report. This report provides a sampling of the various work produced by the many students and faculty guiding these projects. I would also like to encourage you to visit a feature produced by ASU News on the Institute’s Launch. This collection of stories outlines the institute’s establishment in greater detail and covers current projects such as X-Square that are underway across the Institute.
What remains constant in the midst of these many exciting changes is my commitment to remain connected with our alumni and the alumni board and to find new ways to involve our alumni at all levels. We need your time, talent and treasure and we want to know about your accomplishments. Your stories of success and the challenges you have faced will help us to better prepare our next generation of alumni.
As part of my commitment to remain connected to our alumni base and to help make connections between our communities, the Herberger Institute launched the Virtual Mosaic, a “virtual homecoming” where you can post your work, provide updates on your achievements, network with colleagues and search for ASU friends you may have lost touch with.
Please stay in touch with us often and check the Herberger Institute website for information about events, student and faculty stories and alumni class notes.
Dean and Director