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Highlights from 2019–20

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$400K grant

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts was awarded $400,000 from ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) to support its work in building the field of creative placemaking toward furthering healthy, equitable and sustainable communities. Herberger Institute was one of six other recipients. “Each of these institutions is working to bring traditionally siloed bodies of knowledge and ways of teaching together,” said ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie Bennett. “We are thrilled to support these institutions in a way that works for their educational philosophies to further the work of artists as allies in creating healthy, equitable and sustainable communities.” The funding awarded to ASU will be used to create concentrations and minors for multiple degree programs, as well as the case studies, learning modules and original research that will be required. Read more

Support for design and arts education

To celebrate its 50th anniversary in business, Arizona-based Camelot Homes donated $50,000 for endowed scholarships for Herberger Institute students. A $25,000 scholarship was earmarked for students of ASU’s new popular music program, a bachelor’s degree concentration in the School of Music. A second $25,000 scholarship is available to students studying in any of the five schools of the Herberger Institute. In addition, the School of Music and the family-owned homebuilder joined forces to establish the Camelot Homes-ASU School of Music Concert Series, underwritten by a $10,000 gift from Camelot Homes and featuring music students.

National summit

ASU’s Herberger Institute co-produced the National Leadership Summit on creative placemaking, along with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP) and ArtPlace America. Civic and cultural leaders who practice “creative placemaking,” the community approach that puts arts, culture and design at the heart of community planning and equitable development, convened in downtown Phoenix in November for three days of seminars with thought leaders, stimulating group discussions, hands-on workshops and networking with professionals working at the intersection of arts, culture, community planning and development.

“There’s a history across the globe and across the human experience of people ‘making’ as a function of something else that is happening — and that making being beautiful and that making having meaning.”

Michael Rohd, Institute Professor, Herberger Institute + School of Film, Dance and Theatre

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By the numbers


Illustration of trophy and upward trend chartRankings: 10+ programs ranked Top 20

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icon - group of peopleFaculty 531 Staff 197 Students 5,811

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Illustration of graduation hatGraduates 1,251 Alumni 32,000+Divider line

bar chart iconStudent Demographics 85% Undergraduate, 21% First Generation Under grad, 39% non-resident 15% Graduate, 10% Internation 41% minority 61% resident

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Paper degree iconDegrees and certificate options 130+

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Ticket iconPerforming arts events tickets issued through Herberger Institute Box office 11,189

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icon of hand receiving money Scholarships 946 Donations new gifts and commitments $4,688,649

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icon of light bulb and dollar sign Research expenditures $1,960,000 Obligated research awards $2,680,000Divider line

article icon Stories, articles and mentions 500+ local, national and international outlets

Student demographics for fall 2019. Other numbers reflect 2019-2020 and are accurate as of June 30, 2020.
$400K grant photo by Nicole Neri.
Support photo courtesy of the Helios Quartet.