National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation

Cultural Innovation Tools

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The National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation prototypes, incubates and scales use-inspired practice, policy and public awareness that propels artists and designers as leaders for social transformation and public good. ASU’s National Accelerator is a partnership between the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and ASU Gammage.

Vision

Arts, design and cultural practice are understood as central to human thriving in the United States. Arts, design and cultural practice are valued and celebrated as critical to individual and collective economic, social and health wellbeing and public good.

Mission

To scale innovative and disruptive practice, learning and policy that center art, design and cultural expression as critical to thriving, equitable communities and collective public good.

Values

  • Activate disruptive, creative leaders
  • Scale partnerships + programs
  • Build dynamic learning tools
  • Create compelling public brand and messaging

Core strategies

Activate disruptive, creative leaders

Scale partnerships + programs

Build dynamic learning tools

Create compelling public brand and messaging

Goals

Document + visualize practices

for how art and design advance equitable economic, social, and health outcomes for individuals + communities.

Transform teaching + learning

about how art and design can drive equitable economic, social and health outcomes for individuals and communities.

Advance research + public policy

that demonstrate new ways for art and design to powerfully shape equitable economic, social and health outcomes for individuals and communities.

Our work

The National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation organizes, facilitates and is affiliated with a variety of initiatives, programs, and projects at ASU.


Resources

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Cultural Innovation Tools

Cultural Innovation Tools is a collection of tools and resources for other artists/designers/culture makers, for families sheltering at home, for educators adapting their work online and for community organizations and government leaders who seek to partner with artists and designers as they respond and rebuild resilient and equitable communities.

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Jen Cole

Jen Cole

Executive Director

Erin Donohue

Erin Donohue

Program Coordinator Senior

Estrella Esquilín

Estrella Esquilín

Program Manager

Gabriela Muñoz

Gabriela Muñoz

Program Coordinator Senior

Anna Alvarez-Loucks

Anna Alvarez-Loucks

Office Specialist

Xanthia Walker

Xanthia Walker

Program Coordinator Senior

General inquiries, please contact: culturalinnovation@asu.edu

Media

Podcasts

Arizona Creative Voices Podcast
AZ Creative Voices

AZ Creative Voices is a 10 episode podcast series that chronicles the Arizona Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI) experience. AZ CCI is a learning program wherein diverse teams from Arizona cities, towns and neighborhoods worked together in support of community transformation through the arts.

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