Yerba Buena Center for the Arts CEO joins ASU and more — Herberger Institute highlights from…

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts CEO joins ASU and more — Herberger Institute highlights from September 2020

National Field Leader in Residence

Deborah Cullinan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts CEO, joins ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts for a 12-month residency called the National Field Leader in Residence. This inaugural residency is a pilot program of the National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation, in partnership with the Master of Arts in creative enterprise and cultural leadership.

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Racial justice

“Every single person in power [in a museum] needs to do a reckoning with their own understanding of racial justice.”

ASU Art Museum Director Miki Garcia weighs in on changing institutions from the inside as part of the “How to Change” series on KCET, Los Angeles PBS member television station.

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Table of Silence

In remembrance of 9/11, Institute Professor Daniel Bernard Roumain joined performers at Lincoln Center in New York City and added a powerful new dimension to the 9/11 Table of Silence project.

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Spotlight on faculty

Jiji Kim, assistant professor of guitar in ASU’s School of Music, Dance and Theatre, writes about how a conversation with a student compelled her to confront a “significant blind spot” and challenges her colleagues across the country to examine how their required repertoire lists for both auditions and graduation recitals exclude.

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By the numbers

This month’s number is $150,000! Led by School of Arts, Media and Engineering Interim Director Pavan Turaga, a team of ASU interdisciplinary researchers was recently awarded a $150,000 one-year planning grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a prototype of the “Future Workstation,” to improve the overall functionality, impact, engagement and economic cost of workplace wellness. The team includes faculty from the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School and the College of Health Solutions.

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In pictures

Emily Vance, a Herberger Online student studying digital photography in the School of Art, launched #TheMaskedPortraitProject as a way to give back to her community through art while also documenting the pandemic in a positive way. “I am a major supporter of wearing masks to protect others and I believe that doing so, even when it is hot and uncomfortable, is a way to show kindness, compassion, and love . . . wearing a mask doesn’t have to be sad or depressing. In fact, it really can be the opposite. Wearing a mask is one of the easiest ways to spread kindness and that is something that should be highlighted and celebrated.”



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