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We undertake special initiatives to advance the mission of serving as a beacon for the cultural, artistic and educational resources in the region.

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Film, Dance and Theatre research + initiatives

Through the creativity of its faculty, staff and students, the School of Film, Dance and Theatre has undertaken several innovative special initiatives to advance its mission of serving as a beacon for the cultural, artistic and educational resources in the region. 

ASU Film Spark

Film Spark

Film Spark has three primary goals: To help ASU students and alumni in their entertainment careers, to create a better industry, culture and society, and to deepen ASU connections with the alumni, prospective students, entertainment companies and others in the region. Read more.

Tour Bus Theatre Company

Tour Bus Theatre Company is a touring theatre company within the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Read more.

Hollywood Invades Tempe

Hollywood Invades Tempe brings professionals to ASU to speak about their work in the film industry through special screenings and open forum events. Read more.

Performance in the Borderlands

Performance in the Borderlands provides the opportunity to experience, collaborate and discuss identity and politics through various cultural performances with mutual understanding and the exchange of ideas. Read more.

Our researchers

Science Exposed at the Biodesign Institute

Featured researcher: Elizabeth Lerman
Center: Science Exposed

An Arizona State University semesterlong fusion experiment that paired artists from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts with scientists from the Biodesign Institute culminated in a one-night-only performance of “Science Exposed: Bringing Science to Life through the Arts.”

Read more.

Linda Essig presenting at an international education conference

Resources for researchers

View current funding opportunities and make sure your research is getting the support that it merits.

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Researcher directory

We support the scholarly inquiry, applied research and creative activity of more than 60 faculty.

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Herberger Institute-wide initiatives

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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.

student map project

Creative Placemaking

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.

Group of young women admiring work at the ASU Art Museum


The LACMA-ASU Master’s Fellowship in Art History pairs rigorous academic instruction through traditional master’s-level coursework and a thesis with on-the-job work experience.

CounterAct Yellow and Black


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.

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Design and Arts Corps

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.

Herberger Institute Day crowd

Projecting All Voices

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.

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Creative Health

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.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs

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.

Urban Sol

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