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Herberger Institute faculty are not only world-class artists and designers in their own right, they are also a force for discovery in and through design and the arts, inspiring students to become thought leaders who will shape the future by considering the impact of their work on the public good. Their design- and arts- led research strives to improve the human condition through the appropriate application of knowledge and creative talents, especially in the following areas:

  • Creative youth development and arts education
  • Equitable community development and creative placemaking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Health and wellness
  • Justice
  • Public health or social determinants of health
  • Science
  • Sustainability
  • Technology

National initiatives

The mission of the Institute Professors is to change pedagogy and practice at ASU and beyond.

The National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation is a space for bringing disruptive cultural innovators together to propel design and arts-led social transformation and public good.

The Projecting All Voices initiative aims to explore what equity means within a 21st-century design and arts school and at art institutions across the nations.

At the Herberger Institute, our definition of Creative Placemaking is the strategic integration of arts, culture and community engaged design into comprehensive community planning and development.

Herberger Institute and ASU-wide initiatives

Created in 1996 with an endowment from Katherine K. Herberger, ArtsWork unites ASU artists and scholars with community leaders in research and programs focused on children and the arts.

This knowledge enterprise provides leadership to advance ASU's transdisciplinary art-science research,  creative practice and international profile in the field.

AZ CCI is a learning program wherein diverse teams from Arizona cities, towns, and neighborhoods reimagine community assets and devise meaningful projects that place creative engagement, ethical and equitable practices, and local wisdom at the center. 

CounterAct is a multidisciplinary, campus-wide effort to reduce sexual assault and center healthy sexuality using the arts. The initiative will catalyze 880 creative acts to counter the 880 acts of sexual violence that occur each day in the U.S.

Working with health and allied health disciplines at ASU and in the community, Creative Health Collaborations advances research, curricula and programming at the intersection of arts, design and health.

The Design and Arts Corps partners with communities to place designers, artists, scholars and educators in public life, in places like schools, hospitals, social profit organizations, community centers and government agencies.

The Herberger Institute Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs was established to coordinate cross-institute programs and activities that engage directly with entrepreneurship and enterprise development in design and the arts.

The LACMA-ASU Master’s Fellowship combines academic training and work experience to advance the careers of a new generation of curators, directors and other museum professionals who are committed to disrupting and diversifying the field.

Urban Sol promotes the urban artist culture of DJs, MCs, graffiti artists and dancers in the Valley of the Sun.

Unit-level research and initiatives

Our researchers

Featured researcher: Christine Lee

Between Classes: Season 2, Episode 6, Christine Lee

Christine Lee, assistant professor in the School of Art, talks with Herberger Institute Dean Steven Tepper about her passion for bridging art, design and engineering, which led to the work she does today. She also gives some insight into what her students are doing at Roden Crater in one of the first field labs conducted as part of ASU’s partnership with artist James Turrell.

Visit Christine Lee's profile

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