Announcing the new issue of Disrupt and more–Herberger Institute highlights from September 2021


Gif of images from students and faculty performing and working at ASU’s Herberger Institute with gold and black graphics.

“I spend my days as dean in awe of this place, and particularly so in the last 18 months — enraptured by the creativity, talent and purpose of our students, faculty and staff.” — Herberger Institute Dean Steven J. Tepper

Now that we’ve settled into the new academic year, we invite you to take a look back at the 2020–21 academic year, as showcased in the pages of Disrupt Issue No. 4, Herberger Institute’s annual online publication. In it you will find stories that showcase how artists and designers are using their creativity to influence social change and to create impact in our world.

Experience the magazine

The Data Humanization Project

Photo of Adriene Jenik

Artist Adriene Jenik, a professor of intermedia in the School of Art, puts a human face on tragedy in Afghanistan through her ongoing series of performative actions titled the “Data Humanization Project.”

Read the article

Music therapy

Melita Belgrave, associate professor of music therapy in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, shares details of a new virtual music program at Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum.

Watch the video

Spotlight on public programming

The Graham Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering “the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society,” recently announced 45 globe-spanning organizations that will split a total of $471,500 in project-based grant funding this year. Two of the grant projects are for public programming happening at ASU and the Herberger Institute. “Indigenous ways of being, knowing, doing and connecting in architecture,” is a lecture series through ASU’s Indigenous Design Collaborative and organized by Herberger Institute Professor Wanda Dalla Costa and The Design School alum Tierra Miller. “A Country is not a House” is an upcoming exhibition at the ASU Art Museum curated by Brittany Corrales and featuring architectural designs by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello. The exhibition address the consequences of the United States–Mexico border wall, offering new, proposed structures.

Learn more about “Indigenous ways of being, knowing, doing and connecting in architecture” and “A Country is not a House.”

By the numbers

Gif with the number 4 and showing four musicians-in-residence interacting with residents at Mirabella at ASU.

This month’s number is 4! This past summer, four students from the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre moved into the new Mirabella at ASU building as “musicians-in-residence.” They’ll live there rent free through the academic year in exchange for weekly performances and interactions with their neighbors.

Learn more

In pictures

Photos by Tim Trumble.

The ASU Art Museum celebrated Mexican Independence Day with Bachata and Salsa lessons, art-making activities, food, games, El Grito and more.

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