Public programming

Public programming

Herberger Institute Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs sponsors a series of public talks and a biennial symposium in alternate years. All events are open to the public and many events are free. See the events section of the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs page for the most up-to-date scheduling information.

Visualizing a Future Innovation Hub 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Bridge, 2nd Floor, Design North

810 S. Forest Mall

What can an innovation hub become? Join us in envisioning the future of spaces for creatives, workers, and residents in the valley through collaborative design thinking methodology. We are partnering with the ASU Design School to think about the future Smith Industrial Innovation Hub, a new City of Tempe initiative that aims to mix economic development promoting investment and job creation with placemaking work that is meaningful and supports designers, artists, workers, residents, and other creative practitioners.

We will begin with a dive into the site presented by Tempe Economic Development staff and ASU graduate students who are tackling this project this fall. We will then explore ideation techniques to envision the possible futures of the innovation hub. What does the innovation hub look like? How can it engage and create opportunities local art and design communities? How can it support local communities? Smith is the pilot project for nine future innovation hubs across Tempe that the city approved earlier this year, your ideas may become instrumental in influencing development of this new initiative supporting creative practitioners, residents, and local businesses.

This event is organized in collaboration with an ASU graduate class, "Creativity and Design Thinking". City of Tempe staff will also be on hand to answer questions.


Speakers Series 2018-2019

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Symposium on Entrepreneurship in the Arts

UPDATE: The Herberger Institute Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Symposium has been postponed and will not be held in spring 2019. Please keep an eye on our website and sign up for our mailing list to be informed of future events. 


The theme of the 2017 symposium was: “Arts Entrepreneurship In, With, and For Communities.” Participants explored the nature of arts entrepreneurial action in community settings and modes of interaction between artists and their communities. Framed by an interactive workshop on Critical Response Process led by Liz Lerman and John Borstel, and anchored by a keynote speech by Carlton Turner, founding executive director of Alternate Roots, the symposium also included concurrent sessions on theory, practice and pedagogy for arts entrepreneurship in, with, and for communities.