The founding director of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School–Herberger Institute highlights…

The founding director of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School–Herberger Institute highlights from November 2021

Announcing the founding director of the film school

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, will lead The ASU Sidney Poitier New American Film School as its founding director beginning Jan. 1, 2022.

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Keeping the magic alive

Industrial design alum Tracy Thurman keeps the magic alive at Disney as the VP of product design. She recently visited ASU to share her journey and career tips with students.

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Making an impact

Dontá McGilvery’s path to the stage included teaching and social justice.

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Lauren Ruffin, designer and thought leader working in the realm of racial equity, creative work and policy, is joining the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University for a nine-month residency as the National Field Leader in Residence, a cornerstone program of the Herberger Institute’s National Collaborative for Creative Work. The National Collaborative for Creative Work seeks to bring artists, movement leaders, policy thinkers and investors together to reimagine healthy, equitable work futures for artists, designers and other creators. Ruffin, who recently spoke to ASU students on challenges and opportunities in the creative economy as part of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering’s Digital Culture Speaker Series, plans to explore wealth-generation and credit lending for digital creatives during her residency.

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Spotlight on our productions

Photo by Photo by Samantha Chow/ASU News.

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre put on a special production of Liz Lerman’s “Healing Wars,” an interactive multimedia piece that pays tribute to soldiers.

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By the numbers

This month’s number is 2,000! School of Art alumna Laura Spalding Best created a sculptural mural, “Past Present Future,” that is made up of almost 2,000 license plates. The piece was designed for the Phoenix Raceway and was inspired by the nearby Estrella mountains.

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In pictures

Photos by Laura Segall.

November is Native American Heritage Month, and earlier this month filmmaker and Herberger Institute student Jadarius Conn organized an event to celebrate and showcase Indigenous dances focusing on performance, preservation and progression. The Indigenous Dancers Showcase was emceed by Miss Indigenous ASU Lourdes Pereira and featured world-renowned dance group Indigenous Enterprise, which includes several ASU alumni.



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