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Five years ago, New York artist Kim Weild directed the world premiere of renowned playwright Charles Mee’s unconventional “Soot and Spit” at Arizona State University . The production moved to New...
For their entire lives, Laura Bartlett’s parents loved classical music, especially organ music. “Music activities brought them together as young people,” Bartlett said. And now their legacy will...
The United States was polarized, reeling from violence, its citizens protesting their leaders and questioning the very foundations of the country. It was 1971. That year, an audacious and wholly...
Arizona State University has more than 3,000 Native American students, and a group of them has created a powerful proposal to redesign the campus to reflect their culture. The ideas include adding...
“Honey, where’s Mom?” “Count to 10 and I’ll be there shortly.” This simple exchange is an example of how an Amazon Echo Dot app, known as a skill, can serve as a connector between an anxious child...
Part of the life cycle of a library is the withdrawal of worn-out or excess materials. In 2013, the ASU Library began to withdraw duplicate copies of topographic maps that were stacked mile-high and...
Theodore Solis, a professor in Arizona State University's School of Music, uses Latin music to teach performers and audience members how to connect music and dance. Solis created a unique...
Arizona State University has teamed up with Autodesk , the software provider for people who make things, to prepare students with the technological skills necessary to solve the world’s most...
Scary movies wouldn't be nearly as frightening without the soundtrack. (Try it sometime: Mute a horror film and see whether your heart rate immediately slows.) String instruments are often the...
Lisette Borja, a senior studying digital cultural in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University, has been named the first recipient of the Ryan Matthew Duncan Memorial...
When you ask middle schoolers who live in the desert to describe what water means to them, they say water creates life. And it means cleanliness. And it’s fun. So a group of Arizona State University...
Vaulting beyond velcro, the Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University is seeding new ideas for nature-inspired innovation. Still most widely associated with the invention of velcro, ASU...
Nothing brings people together like a night out at the movies — watching the big screen with friends and strangers and popcorn. What some students may not know is that there are many film screenings...
The energy at the second annual Herberger Institute Day was electric — so electric that after four solid hours of almost 100 creative workshops at Herberger Institute’s five schools and art museum,...
With whistles, pipes, toy pianos and automobile horns, Arizona State University’s orchestral contribution to the "Frankenstein" bicentennial celebration looks to be almost as piecemeal as...
The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts welcomes the renowned Brooklyn Rider as the 2018-19 resident artists for the Visiting Quartet Residency Program . The group will...
“It goes without saying that networking is important in Hollywood,” said Adam Collis. And he would know. As a producer and director, Collis has worked with Oscar winners. As a professor and ASU Film...
It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and on the third floor of the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix, a group of second-year Mayo Clinic students are learning to walk — or perhaps more accurately, re-learning...
How would you dance with a Yiddish accent? Or express the tensions of Jewish-Arab relations through movement? Arizona State University is holding an international research conference this month...
Borders and identity aren’t fixed concepts to an artist — they’re fluid notions that change with time. A prominent playwright and author who is spending this academic year at Arizona State University...
The ninth Prisms Contemporary Music Festival at Arizona State University foregrounds music that reflects on outer space, presenting compelling works from a wide range of artists from Europe and the...
Each year the School of Film, Dance and Theatre kicks off its season of events with Fall Forward! , a dance production featuring a range of new works created by Arizona State University faculty and...
Working for the benefit of our community is central to the mission of Arizona State University, but it’s actually a pretty radical idea, according to a professor who teaches students how to do it....
ASU’s Wind Bands are presenting timeless masterworks, cutting-edge world premieres and everything in between in this year's upcoming season. Tradition and innovation will meet, and occasionally...
The Arizona State University School of Music orchestras aim to advance the reinvention and revitalization of the contemporary orchestra scene in the United States. The 2018-19 symphony and chamber...
Imagine traveling to an exciting destination, singing in a world-famous concert hall and acquiring a true understanding of a composer’s music, all while building a deep sense of community. This past...
It doesn’t take long to find a Phoenician who has a story or two about the years when downtown Phoenix pretty much went dark at 5:05 p.m. Sure, the arena and ballpark were there. But when the game or...
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2018 here . A weeklong music extravaganza is about to hit Arizona State University...
Family is the most important thing to people who live in the Gila River Indian Community, and the houses they live in should reflect that reality. That was the key concept that members of the...
The popularity of data science has grown steadily over the last decade with the advent of big data and the much-buzzed-about analyses of Nate Silver. In 2012, the Harvard Business Review coined data...
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2018 here . For the fourth year in a row, Arizona State University has been named the...
Arizona State University’s School of Music launches the 2018-19 Organ Series with a multidisciplinary presentation, “Walls of Sound: The Ecology of the Borderlands,” addressing the ecological impact...
Independent curator and nonprofit arts consultant Olga Viso has joined the ASU team as a senior adviser to Steven J. Tepper, dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Viso is part of a...
Japanese performer Tsutomu Arao will present a musical program of "The Tale of the Heike" at Arizona State University’s Katzin Concert Hall on Sept. 24. His performance of musical...
The new exhibit at the Arizona State University Art Museum features two artists — one wildly famous and one less well-known — who were both important in the socially tumultuous mid-20th century. “Pop...
An unprecedented production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.” An exhibition featuring ASU Art Museum’s Andy Warhol collection. A musical about religion, identity and dinosaurs. The 2018-19 season at...

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