Art, science and technology with Diana Ayton-Shenker, new popular music program and more–Herberger…

Art, science and technology with Diana Ayton-Shenker, new popular music program and more–Herberger Institute highlights from December

Art, science and technology

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“How can we become more human and more humane? One way we answer that is with arts, science and technology. But it has to be integrated together.”

Diana Ayton-Shenker, a new professor of practice at ASU in both the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, is the executive director of the new Arizona State University-Leonardo partnership and CEO of Leonardo/the International Society of Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST).

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Currency in creative industries

“Our popular music program is designed to give its students both a solid academic foundation and access to the kind of real world experience, through internships and guest artist residencies, that is currency in creative industries.”

The School of Music launched the first bachelor’s degree in popular music in the state, creating a career pathway to a music industry that clocked $19 billion in sales in 2018.

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Changing the world through the arts

“…the arts have a place in every conversation. It is bigger than dance, bigger than music, bigger than painting; it is about looking at what these artistic forms unlock for people, what they cultivate in relationship to humanity and connection, what potential they have to change the world for the better.”

Dance student Maggie Waller shares her experience of bringing art into a business setting as part of the Herberger Institute’s Design and Arts Corps initiative, which uses design, art and culture to consciously advance well-being and strengthen participatory democracy.

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Esports legend

“Video games for me have built communities, they have helped me with mental health issues, and they have allowed me to explore infinite possibilities.”

Tasha Romero, a digital culture student in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, not only just graduated but she also was named the winner of an esports reality show filmed in Berlin and with a prize that includes $10,000 and a dream job opportunity.

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Spotlight on graduates

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Roy Wasson Valle graduates this month as the Outstanding Graduate Student in the Herberger Institute. The art student’s thesis exhibition, “Mars Made: Retroforms,” pulled from his work with the Interplanetary Initiative at ASU, an interdisciplinary project to create practical methods for humans to live and work in space. His speculative exhibition was an immersive environment that envisioned a human community living and working on Mars. The artist was one of several ASU students highlighted leading up to commencement. Other Herberger Institute students included Katherine Del Rosario, Ariana Warren, Felix Herbst, Andrew Robinson and more.

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By the numbers

This month’s number is 310! Herberger Institute will graduate 310 students this fall, including 244 undergraduate students and 66 graduate and doctorate students.

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In pictures

Architecture students in The Design School recently showcased their fall studio designs in a comprehensive exhibition that included work from Global Engagement Studios in Mexico City and in Puerto Rico, work from a community-partnered studio focused on addressing design and policy challenges of homelessness, work from an Alternative Desert Cities studio and many others.



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