Placemaking, placekeeping and the complexity of human emotion — Herberger Institute highlights…

Placemaking, placekeeping and the complexity of human emotion — Herberger Institute highlights from November 2018

It’s been a busy month for our faculty, students, donors, partners and initiative fellows in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Below is a closer look at the research, projects and news happening this month.

Creative Placemaking at ASU

ASU’s Herberger Institute is advancing the larger ideas around community practice and the specific learning and advancement of the creative placemaking field at ASU.

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Reflecting indigenous culture on campus

From left: Brian Skeet, Rhonda Harvey, Wanda Dalla Costa, Lauren Slim and Selina Martinez stand with their book “Indigenous Placekeeping: Campus Design + Planning” during a design workshop to unveil the new book and to engage the community in their ideas. Photo by Marcus Chormicle/ASU Now

Native American students who took a studio course last year with Institute Professor Wanda Dalla Costa have created a book and a proposal to redesign ASU’s campus to reflect their culture and represent the more than 3,000 Native American students at ASU.

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Insight through collaboration

“Cumulus” team members, clockwise from top left: Adetoniola ( Tony) Makinde, Kara Moncada, Ji Hyuk (Jay) Hong, Amanda Ahlman, Rachel Frail, Professor Milagros Zingoni, Dania Alarfaj, Susan Clay and Zijing Zhao.

Ten interior architecture graduate students and 34 industrial design undergraduates worked together with 120 middle-schoolers from Scottsdale, Arizona, to create “Cumulus,” a collaborative installation showcased in the Canal Convergence public art educational series at downtown Scottsdale’s Waterfront.

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The complexity of human emotion

Image Credit: Claire Curneen, “Standing Woman,” Ceramic, 25 x 10 in., Gift of Sara and David Lieberman.

“From Darkness to Light,” an exhibition at ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center, features ceramic and printed human figures from the center’s permanent collection and explores the complexity of human emotion.

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Spotlight on giving

Laura Bartlett with her father Douglas M. Bartlett.

For their entire lives, Laura Bartlett’s parents loved classical music, especially organ music. In memory of Susan and Douglas Bartlett, Laura Bartlett established the Bartlett-Armstrong Family Scholarship to help talented graduate music students pursue their education and careers in organ performance in the School of Music in ASU’s Herberger Institute.

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By the numbers

This month’s number is six! Six researchers from ASU’s Herberger Institute presented at the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) this month at the University of Georgia. The 2018 theme, Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability, was an invitation to explore the relationship between creativity and diverse cultural locations, by framing discussions about design, resilience and sustainability in context of interdisciplinary artistic and environmental practice. Presenters included Lauren Hayes and Sha Xin Wei with the ASU School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Dan Collins and Christine Lee with the ASU School of Art, Filiz Ozel with The Design School at ASU and Megan Workmon, director of Herberger Institute student engagement.

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In pictures

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre recently wrapped its production of “This is Modern Art” — a play where graffiti artists set out to make their voices heard and spark a public debate on where art belongs.

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Photos by Tim Trumble


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