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The New American Council for Arts and Design is a cohort of visionary investors who are passionate about arts and design in America. Promoting the central role of arts and design in public life, its mission is to leverage the global research and learning enterprise of Arizona State University to incubate ideas and scale innovation. The Council is made up of exceptional thought leaders who are co-designers in building high-impact programs to transform the work of arts and design nationally.
ASU Gammage and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts are committed to advancing the design aspirations of ASU. Together, we seek to fuse academic disciplines, advance deep social engagement through partnerships and alliances, facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship, and transform our society by linking art and design to justice, sustainability, health, education, community development, and civic life.
Together, Arts & Design at ASU launches world-class national programs and initiatives that advance the impact of art and design on society. The New American Council for Arts and Design helps lead and fuel these initiatives.
The Council supports, among other initiatives, the National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation, an exploratory, collaborative space that will allow ASU to prototype, incubate and scale use-inspired practice, policy and public awareness that propels artists and designers as leaders for social transformation and public good.
As influential and inventive leaders from across the country, members of the New American Council for Arts and Design at ASU are nominated to serve as ambassadors for Arts & Design at ASU. Prospective new members should be passionate about the potential impact to shape arts and culture in the country and the visionary leadership of Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, vice president for cultural affairs at ASU and executive director of ASU Gammage, and Steven Tepper, dean and director of ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Members provide advice and counsel on national goals and projects, support the Council’s programs and connect leadership with key advocates, artists and designers across the country. Members share a passion for advancing new horizons for arts and design for public good in America.
Individuals considered will be asked to make a substantial contribution to advance our national work; serve for a three-year term; attend two summit gatherings annually; expand visibility for the National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation at ASU through strategic use of personal networks; be accessible to provide advice and counsel; have demonstrated follow-through; and believe in the importance of ASU as a national model for how artists and designers connect with and transform their communities for public good.