Join us next October for the fourth annual Herberger Institute Day!

A note from Dean Tepper: 

You may have heard me say this, but I’ll say it again, because I think it’s important that we understand our power: 

Herberger Institute is more than a design and arts college. It’s a creative city, populated by more designers, artists, musicians and other creatives than work in the city of St. Louis or in metropolitan Atlanta. This fall, for the third year in a row, we are creating one special opportunity for all of us to come together and experience the creative work happening in all of our schools and at the museum— and to take the time to talk, eat and build together.

That opportunity is Herberger Institute Day, a collaborative institute-wide event that features dozens of faculty, staff and student-led interactive workshops, followed by #CreaTable, an interactive, creatively curated group meal along Forest Mall.

The third annual Herberger Institute Day took place Thursday, Oct. 24!

Please check back in September, 2020 for registration information for the next event.

Steven J. Tepper
Dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Check out the videos from prior years.

The first ever Herberger Institute Day!

News Video: Herberger Institute Day 2018


A beginner's guide to the piano

Amy Chou teaching, with a group of students each sitting at a piano
With Hannah Creviston and Kristina Satuho at 12 p.m., Hui Zhou at 1:30 p.m. and John Solari at 3 p.m.
School of Music

Location: Music Building East, room 533

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

Have you always wanted to play the piano, but never had the chance? Come learn a piece and play along with some great artists!

Alfred Hitchcock: the art of cinematic suspense

janet leigh in psycho
School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: Neeb Hall, room 105

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Alfred Hitchcock, the cinema's "Master of Suspense", created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. This look at Hitchcock's career and works lets you "peek behind the shower curtain" and discover why his work is considered an inspiration to filmmakers today - and why his films are still vital to our art and culture nearly forty years after his death.

ASLA (Landscape Architecture) plant sale

handwritten sign "ASLA Plant Sale"
With Rachael Fulton and Lora Martens
The Design School

Location: Dixie Gammage Hall, front lawn

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

Get a new little friend to brighten up your dorm or yard and help support the Landscape Architecture club from The Design School! Registration is not necessary, drop-in anytime during the day 12-4 p.m.

ASU Art Museum VIP tour

people touring the inside of the ASU Art Museum
ASU Art Museum

Location: ASU Art Museum, main lobby

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

Deep underground hides the treasure of the ASU Art Museum. Join a museum curator on a tour of the museum, see the latest and greatest on display, step into a vault for an exclusive access to our print collection and stop in the conservation studio.

Biomimicry: exploring nature-inspired innovation

student looking at star fish with a magnifying glass
The Design School

Location: Design South, room 126

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

The practice of biomimicry offers a unique approach to sustainable innovation. In this biomimicry primer, workshop participants will use the Biomimicry Center’s new library of natural history artifacts to learn how the careful observation of nature can lead to creative design solutions.

Break in to Broadway!

Students performing on stage
School of Music

Location: Music Building East, room 203

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Break in to Broadway with a singing, acting, and movement coaching! Bring the sheet music or karaoke track for your favorite musical theatre song, and be ready to sing and work on putting it all together! No prior experience necessary!

Climate change and art of eco art

image of an eye with purple skin
The Design School

Location: Design North, Design and Arts Library

Time: 3 - 4 p.m.

An exploration of visual artist and designers focusing on climate change/ecology.

Conduct us!

Dean Tepper conducting music students during 2017 Herberger Institute Day
School of Music

Location: Galvin Playhouse Stage, enter near the Box Office

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of conducting and then have the opportunity to try out your talents in front of a live band - the ASU Chamber Winds!

Creative generative text!

male working with techology
School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Location: Stauffer B, room 103

Time: 12 - 1 p.m.

Teach computers to write! We’ll generate text using Tracery to develop poems, stories, D&D characters, Twitterbots and more! Programming experience is helpful, but in no way required.

Creative Minds Know No Limits: reflections on the poetics of music

Landscape Painting
School of Music

Location: Design and Arts Library

Time: 12 - 1 p.m.

Stravinsky once wrote: " freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint, diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes frees one’s self of the chains that shackle the spirit." The focus of the workshop will be on how "constraint" leads to "creativity with no limits."

Cuttlefish casting workshop

molten metal poor
With Mary Neubauer and Roy Wasson Valle
School of Art

Location: Art Building, room 132

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. *This workshop runs from 1:30–3 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to turn molten pewter into an artistic form using a traditional mold-carving technique.

Cypher Play 101

ASU Urban Sol
School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: Galvin Playhouse Stage, enter near the Box Office

Time: 3 - 4 p.m.

A fun introduction on norms, traditions and approaches on Cypher etiquette in a socal and urban setting. "Cyphers have a long and involved connection to the history of dance. A cypher is the mathematical symbol (0), denoting absence of quantity. A dance cypher is the area of the dancefloor that is open to those who wish to dance in it. A cypher is also a sacred space to those who build and partake in them, thus, every cypher has rules. For better or worse, these rules go unspoken…until now." - Cuepoint media

Deep listening – hearing the world workshop

desert landscape
With Sabine Feisst and members of the Acoustic Ecology Lab
School of Music

Location: Lyceum Theatre stage

Time: 3 - 4 p.m.

Develop a new awareness of your sonic environments through deep listening techniques and a soundwalk. Experience the sounds and sights of nature sanctuaries in Virtual Reality headsets.

Demystifying cinematography: how your camera can help tell your story

students in film studio
School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: Design North, Red Square, lower level central hall

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

After a brief description of basic camera settings and their creative implementation, participants will break into small groups to put this knowledge into practice. Groups will come up with story prompts or types of visual content they'd like to make, and then create corresponding images. Cameras will be provided by the film area, but participants are also encouraged to bring their own video cameras for workshop use and specific questions.

Design the #CreaTable photo booth

With Maia Carlson, Lyndsay Hertzig, DJ Lesher, David Mouton, Brennan Richards and Lauryn Shelley      
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Location: Dixie Gammage Hall, central lawn along Forest Mall

Time: 3 - 4 p.m.

Work collaboratively with students across the Institute to design and make large picture frames for the photo booth at this year’s #CreaTable meal. Your masterpieces will be used that very afternoon! 

Digital audio and sound reinforcement

Digital audio keyboard
School of Music

Location: Stauffer A patio

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Get a hands on demonstration of modern digital audio engineering and live concert production. We will experiment with a digital mixer and multitrack studio session. Come explore mixing playback channels together with an automated console and iPad applications.

Eco-printing on fabric

pattern printed on fabric
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Location: Art Warehouse, room 114

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. *This workshop runs from 1:30–2:55 p.m.

Design your own dish towel! This workshop will include exploring and gathering a variety of plants from around the Tempe Campus (an official arboretum) used to create a unique printed textile that will make a great addition to any kitchen or household space!

Excel - how to plan a project budget

Excell computer
With Gina Tebbe 
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Location: Dixie Gammage Hall, room 105

Time: 3 - 4 p.m.

Obtain the tools needed to help plan and track a project budget. If you have a laptop, bring it with you. 

Experience Peking Opera

illustration of man and woman in traditional Chinese clothing
With Xinyue Le and Xiaotian Xu
School of Music

Location: West Hall, room 135

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

The purpose of the Peking Opera workshop is to provide our community with quality Peking Opera programming and to share Chinese traditional culture. Participants will experience the performance of Peking Opera by playing percussion band and doing movement in Peking Opera.

From analog to digital: the dance archive in transition

various musical instruments and books about dance from different cultures
School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: Bulldog Hall, room 107B

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

Discover ASU's Cross-Cultural Dance Resources Collections, a hidden "American Treasure" of unique arts, culture and humanities resources. After a fascinating tour of the library, archive and museum, tour participants will be among the first to view an innovative online collection (still under development) that integrates the anthropological perspectives of renowned dance anthropologist Joann W. Kealiinohomoku with audiovisual media from her collection.

Funfetti - crafting for stress relief

paper, fabric buttons, scissors, and other various crafting supplies
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Location: Design North, room 254 Terrace Gallery

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Studies have shown that the creative process helps reduce stress and anxiety. Stress is usually caused by pressure, which is closely related to expectations, goals, etc. Creativity retrains you to accomplish just for the self instead for others. Join us for an hour of crafty creating for FUN!

Gamelan Gang improv workshop

ASU gamelan room
School of Music

Location: Gammage, room 206

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Play in the tuned bronze percussion gamelan ensemble of Java, Indonesia. Learn group improv. No musical experience necessary.

Ghoulish makeup using household items

School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: Nelson Fine Arts Center, sub-basement Costume Shop

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

There is no need to purchase expensive theatrical makeup to create your ghoulish Halloween makeup. Using a variety of household items participants will learn to create scars, bruises, and weeping wounds. 

Haiku letterpress exchange and the art of collaboration

School of Art

Location: Art Building, room 45 Letterpress Shop

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. *This workshop runs from 12–1:15 p.m.

Indulge in the art of words and letterpress printing in this collaborative Haiku workshop! We’re going tactile setting your words in metal type and printing on a vintage press. Workshop leaders Daniel Mayer and Heather Green from the Book Arts Program will team up with Jake Friedman and Angie Dell from ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing to facilitate this snappy workshop. Friedman and Dell will get the workshop rolling with a quick generative poetry exercise to help students draft what they’ll be typesetting and printing. Take away a magnum opus leaving your “impression” on the page!

Happy trees and fluffy clouds: A Bob Ross paint-a-long

Bob Ross painting
School of Art

Location: Art Building, room 326

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. *This workshop runs from 12–2 p.m.

Love Bob Ross and his paintings? This workshop will provide an opportunity for students to make a painting using one of Bob’s tv shows as inspiration! This session will provide the materials and instruction to make that beautiful landscape you always dreamed of. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on. All levels are welcome--no mistakes, just happy accidents.

How to direct movies

Adam Collis talking to a group of film students
School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: Coor Hall, room L1-88

Time: 3 - 4 p.m.

Learn the magic of cinematic storytelling and the craft that directors use to create the movies that you'll never forget.

How to write a grant (for faculty/staff only)

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Location: Stuaffer B, room 103

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Learn basic grant writing methods to better articulate your research proposal and increase your funding chances. Additionally, participants will discover useful ASU resources they may not have been aware existed.

How to write a grant (for students only)

Pen and Paper
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Location: West Hall, room 135

Time: 12 - 1 p.m.

Learn basic grant writing methods to better articulate your research proposal and increase your funding chances. Additionally, participants will discover useful ASU resources they may not have been aware existed.

How to write a scene for film or TV

writting for film
School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: Dixie Gammage Hall, room 105

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. *This workshop runs from 12–1:30 p.m.

Come learn the basics of scene-writing and then put your new skills to work! We will compare your work with a scene that was actually produced years ago - see how yours compares!

Jam Session: POUND® & Paint

With John Davenport
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Location: McClintock Hall, northern front lawn along Forest Mall

Time: 3 - 4 p.m.

Move to the beat! Paint to the beat!

Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to everyone!

POUND® & Paint is a messy and unique experience that mixes POUND with painting with drum sticks. Come to our class where you'll be drumming on a canvas with colorful paint. No experience required!

Latin American women in the arts, design and literature

Woman in dress, painting
The Design School, ASU Art Museum

Location: Coor Hall, room 184

Time: 12 - 1 p.m.

Presentations by Riley-Huff, Morales and Bernardi exploring contemporary design practice and art by women in Latin America and literature discussing their production and impact.

Making clay figurines

old clay figurine
School of Art

Location: Art Building, Ceramics Studio, room 26C

Time: 3 - 4 p.m.

The crafting of small-scale votive sculpture was a common practice in ancient Greece, and remains of dedications in clay continue to be discovered by archaeologists. Learn the basic techniques of fashioning your own votive figurine from clay.

Matter and the mind

The Design School

Location: Design North, Design and Arts Library

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The practice of creating art can change the brain, improve memory, and increase overall wellbeing. During this session we’ll explore the intersection of art and neuroplasticity through a brief lecture on the science of creativity. This will be followed by an exercise of artistic discovery using mixed media to develop new and unexpected works of art.

Motion capture

two students learning about motion technology
School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Location: Tower Center B, room 120. This is located at the southeast corner of Myrtle and University.

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

A gentle hands-on introduction to camera-based motion capture technology at the facilities of the School of Arts, Media, Engineering. Participants will be walked through the technical components, as well show some example artistic possibilities with motion capture.

Moving stuff around

students doing a balance exercise in dance studio
School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: Nelson Fine Arts Center, room 131

Time: 12 - 1 p.m.

A movement/dance workshop using everyday objects to elicit and inspire movement in dancers and non-dancers. With lots of noise.

Notes on identity

Design Gallery exhibition
The Design School

Location: Design South Gallery

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

This exhibit is the work of nine graduate students during the first seven weeks of their first semester in the Master in Interior Architecture. Students were asked to design and fabricate an installation that reflects on a particular notion of identity by working with an ordinary material to create something extraordinary through repetition. These ordinary materials, cardboard, paper tubes, and corrugated plastic represent metaphorically every one of us. The manipulations of these materials represent our upbringing, education and lived experiences that forms our identity through time. The repetition of the material represents the strength as a collective identity, each affiliated group we belong. Registration is not necessary, drop-in anytime during the day 12-4 p.m.

Sand painting with southwest earth materials

different colored sands on different colored papers
School of Art

Location: Art Building, room 332

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

Create a personal sand painting using sand and earth from different parts of Arizona and the Southwest. Join faculty from the School of Art and the School of Earth and Space Exploration to learn more about how the earth helps shape our ideas, environment, and creativity.

Shakespeare and Autism

shakespeare play
School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: Dixie Gammage Hall, Secret Garden

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

Come learn about the Hunter Heartbeat Method - game-based techniques created by Kelly Hunter, formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company, in order to produce theatrical experiences with children on the autism spectrum. All games are designed to safely address, among other challenges of autism, physical coordination, eye contact, spatial awareness, cause and effect, emotional role-playing, and difficulties transitioning from one stage to the next. However, these games and techniques can also be adapted as traditional acting exercises, as they allow the actor to “warm up” the emotional palette as well as the physical and vocal. This pioneering work has been utilized with children on the spectrum, with upper-level Stanislavski acting students, and with military veterans, yielding rewards at every turn.

Sing like an opera singer!

Male opera singer
School of Music

Location: Music Building East, room 225

Time: 12 - 1 p.m.

Find out what all the fuss is about! Learn to breathe and sing like an opera singer, and also learn an Italian song!

Sonic soup

Himalayan Singing Bowls
The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location: Bulldog Hall, room 132

Time: 12 - 1 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Himalayan Singing Bowl protocols with piano loops create a sonic environment within which participants will be led through a contemplative experience

The Chorale-Tron 5000

student playing the trumpet
School of Music

Location: Coor Hall Overhang

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The low brass students will bring along 3 Bach chorale transcriptions. Using signs, participants will be able to change such variables as staccato/legato, fast/slow, muted/open, major/minor, loud/soft and hear how the group sounds different when these variables are changed.

We need more cowbell!

large set of percussion instruments
With Egha Kusuma
School of Music

Location: Dixie Gammage Hall, front lawn

Time: 3 - 4 p.m.

The Pan Devils Steel Band needs more cowbell! The heart of a steel band is the engine room—the percussionists who provide the rhythmic energy of every piece. This is your opportunity to participate in a musical extravaganza!


    Make. Eat. Connect

CreaTable - collaborative meal on Forest Mall at ASU

4–6 p.m.

#CreaTable is a meal that encourages participants to break the boundaries between creative disciplines. In this meal, we recognize the individuality in each person to celebrate the diversity of cultures and knowledge in the Herberger Institute through creative ideas, activities, and food. We believe that when we come together in our shared values of creativity, innovation, and social embeddedness, we can make meaningful change in every realm of life. Let’s share a meal together!

This event is created and managed by Creative Enteriprise and Cultural Leadership graduate students Sofía Dotta and Dienae Hunter. 


After hours


Aria space at ASU

With Elena Rocchi
The Design School

Location Air Apparent

Time: 5–6:30 p.m.

This workshop will take place in James Turrel’s skyspace: the environs of what is known as “Air Apparent” provide a laboratory of great significance to transcend the intangible into tangible. Using their phones and under the guidance of an original score, attendees will perform a “cellular concert.” Six minutes before the “equiluminance” event happening at the skyspace at Sunset, a piece of cell-phone music will fill “Air Apparent” with an “Aria” as an extemporary Opera — a suspension in time, in which participants will access their intimate feelings. This workshop explores making tangible the intangible, and the understanding of Scenius as a collective genius. The topics are that of the built environment, the Natural environment, views of the invisible, and the extemporary.

Fortunato Film School at ASU presents Star Wars

Fortunato Film School

With Joe Fortunato
School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Location Design North, room 60

Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Want to learn how to analyze a film? Join us for FORTUNATO FILM SCHOOL where ASU film professor Joe Fortunato will screen, discuss, and provide "live commentary" on the original classic Star Wars! (original theatrical cut!) The evening will start with a brief discussion about the background and making of the film, then we will screen the film, with Professor Fortunato providing live commentary, giving you insights into the filmmaking process, and some guidance on how to "read" a film creatively. After the film, we will discuss what we've learned and debate whether or not it lives up to its reputation as a film classic. Come see a classic film in a way you've never seen before!