Institute Professor Maria Rosario Jackson to be nominated to lead NEA and more–Herberger Institute…

Institute Professor Maria Rosario Jackson to be nominated to lead NEA and more–Herberger Institute highlights from October 2021

NEA nomination

“Our art, culture, and creativity are some of our country’s most valuable resources. They are evidence of our humanity, our ability to learn from our examined experience, and our ability to imagine and innovate.” — Maria Rosario Jackson

President Joseph R. Biden announced he intends to nominate Institute Professor Maria Rosario Jackson as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Fellowship expansion

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and ASU’s Herberger Institute recently announced that the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has joined as a new partner in the ASU-LACMA Master’s Fellowship in Art History.

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Ethics and technology

Nonny de la Peña, the founding director of a center for narrative and emerging media, and Pavan Turaga, the director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, weigh in on ethical questions surrounding emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality.

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Art is Work

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has a new report out — Art is Work: Policies to Support Creative Workers — and ASU’s National Collaborative for Creative Work is cited. In a virtual celebration of arts, artists and the work of the American Academy’s Commission on the Arts with Stephen Colbert, John Lithgow and Natasha Trethewey, the commission highlighted the report as part of a discussion on elevating the arts, supporting artists and promoting arts education in America.

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Spotlight on alumni

MSNBC Films recently acquired a documentary directed by film alum Nicholas Mihm. “In the Dark of the Valley,” Mihm’s directorial debut, follows a group of mothers of children battling rare cancers who “discover that the Santa Susana Field Laboratory was the site of one of the largest nuclear accidents in United States history; and may have exposed their children and their community to cancer-causing hazardous waste.” Earlier this year the Phoenix Film Festival screened the documentary, where Mihm participated in a Q&A. The film also screened at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival, the Cleveland International Film Festival and Cinequest Film Festival.

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By the numbers

This month’s number is 1! The ASU Art Museum was named the best art museum in the annual Best of Phoenix edition of Phoenix New Times. The publication highlighted the No. 1 art museum for its outdoor art experiences and lineup of virtual conversations with artists amid the pandemic and for its free admission, which “meant greater access for community members and helped the museum stay relevant and responsive during challenging times.”

“Bottom line: ASU Art Museum was the right museum at the right time.”

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In pictures

MFA dance student Kathy Luo uses movement, music and lighting to create a watery world for “Out of the Blue,” a sensory dance experience based on Luo’s zodiac sign Pisces.



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