Give to the School of Film, Dance and Theatre

ASU Campaign 2020 graphic  TOGETHER, OUR POTENTIAL IS LIMITLESS

Why give?

Whether you’re donating a couple dollars or a large sum, your gift is greatly appreciated. Any amount makes a difference for our students, faculty, staff, research and programs. Your charitable contributions enable our college to achieve the highest standards of excellence, access and impact.

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How you make a difference

Film Student at Sun Studios, Arizona

Investing in our students

Less than 26 percent of ASU's budget comes from the state of Arizona, making gifts from private investors, foundations and corporate partners essential. In creative programs, the cost can be even higher than standard tuition as students need to purchase art supplies, musical instruments, and design and fabrication materials to complete their classwork.

Your support can make or break a student's experience. You can choose to direct your gift to scholarships, student enrichment, or a variety of programs that allow students to explore and experiment in their disciplines. For many students, your gift makes all the difference to get them to graduation.

Karen Schupp leading dance class

Investing in our faculty

The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has more than 200 faculty members who teach more than 6,000 students in the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture; art; arts, media and engineering; dance; design innovation; music; theatre and film. Your investment in faculty development and research is vital to maintaining and expanding the high-quality education we provide to students.

You can direct your investment to support faculty in the following ways:

ENDOWED CHAIRS

Faculty chairs recognize the achievements of faculty over a lifetime of scholarly endeavor. Such named chairs carry with them a level of prestige among the wider academic world that allows ASU to attract and retain faculty of the highest level of achievement and teaching.

The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts wishes to increase the number of chairs in each of its schools, resulting in the continued artistic and creative development of its faculty.

Offered only to full professors, named chairs provide faculty with recognition, compensation and supplementary support for their teaching and research activities. These named gifts also strengthen the economic and creative well being of Arizona.

NAMED PROFESSORSHIPS

Named professorships, such as the Leonard and Patricia Goldman Professorship in Organ, help the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts recruit and retain the brightest and most talented faculty in the world.

Like endowed chairs, named professorships support teaching and research activities, but are typically provided to scholars and faculty at an earlier stage in their academic careers.

ENRICHMENT FUND

Part of the ASU Herberger Institute’s Annual Giving program, the Faculty Enrichment Fund is a pooled fund that supports the costs of research grants, supplies, travel fellowships and other essential activity that is part of the faculty’s creative leadership work.

“WE KNOW THAT OUR ABILITY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS, BUILD ENTERPRISES, AND CREATE COMPELLING AND SOCIALLY RELEVANT DESIGN AND ART REQUIRES HIGH LEVELS OF MASTERY. BY BEING THE BEST IN OUR CHOSEN FIELDS, WE CAN STRETCH OURSELVES AND OUR TALENTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.”

—Steven J. Tepper, dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Featured initiatives

ENSURE STUDENT ACCESS AND EXCELLENCE

ENSURE STUDENT ACCESS AND EXCELLENCE

Projecting All Voices: Elevating the creative expression of a new generation: mentorship, engagement, scholarships, and early career opportunities for underrepresented designers and artists to ensure that the Herberger Institute is powerfully advancing the artistry, creativity, and stories of a changing America.

PROJECTING ALL VOICES CREATIVE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Projecting All Voices begins with an innovative high school summer institute that develops young artists and designers from historically underrepresented communities into the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The goal is to create a pipeline of Herberger Institute students from underrepresented groups and immerse them in one of the nation’s top design and arts schools with access to mentors, resources, and opportunities. Campaign gifts will support up to an additional 10 students in the Creative Scholars Program—helping ASU lead the nation in the number of graduates in design and arts from underrepresented groups and planting the seeds for a real-world solution to issues of representation in the arts, entertainment, and design.

CHAMPION STUDENT SUCCESS

CHAMPION STUDENT SUCCESS

Creative Talent Student Scholarships: Preparing our students to use their creative capacities to advance culture, build community, and imaginatively address the most pressing challenges of today

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS

Gifts to Campaign ASU 2020 can help the Herberger Institute meet an ambitious goal: to have our student body match the diversity of our state’s and nation’s populations. The Herberger Institute is already committed to access: 32 percent of the Herberger Institute students are from underrepresented populations. Increased scholarship support is critical in strengthening this commitment. The Herberger Institute’s scholarship endowment currently stands at $12.9 million, allowing us to award 128 named scholarships annually. But there is so much more to be done. Through the campaign, we aim to add 67 new endowed scholarships, increasing the total number of scholarships to 195.

ELEVATE THE ACADEMIC ENTERPRISE

ELEVATE THE ACADEMIC ENTERPRISE

The Creative Campus: Activating Herberger Institute faculty to drive creativity and imagination across the campuses of the New American University and throughout our communities. Programs that support research and creative activity that advance design and arts at the intersection of every discipline across ASU.

PROGRAM SUPPORT

For years, we have worked to enrich Phoenix’s cultural life by developing and enhancing academic programs and maker spaces that fuel discovery, creativity, and innovation. We have moved graduate and undergraduate programs into the urban core. We have launched an ambitious International Artist Residency program that has attracted exceptional talent from around the world, including England, Iraq, Portugal, Italy, and Mexico. Two years ago, we opened Grant Street Studios in the warehouse district—affording MFA students the opportunity to push the limits of form and content.

The campaign provides an opportunity to support our creative thinkers and their ambitious projects by establishing a program fund. Income from this fund will fuel the next generation of great ideas emanating from the Herberger Institute.

ENDOWED FACULTY POSITIONS

The greatest universities have the best minds, the most inventive researchers, and the most skilled teachers. Building a strong, talent-rich faculty for the Herberger Institute is vital as ASU continues on its journey to being among the best public research universities in the world. Endowed chairs and professorships help draw top faculty, who enjoy the prestige and additional funding for their work that endowed positions provide. Exceptional faculty attract bright students who, in turn, become the creative leaders of tomorrow and who will give back to ASU with their time and talent. In this way, endowed chairs create a perpetual stream of forward progress and support.

Through Campaign ASU 2020, the Herberger Institute seeks funds to establish:

  • Named Dean’s Chair: $3 million—a first for the Herberger Institute.
  • Three Named Herberger Institute Chairs: $6 million—doubling the number of named chairs from three to six
  • Four Named Visiting Professors of Practice: $1.2 million—increasing the number of these positions from five to nine.

FUEL DISCOVERY, CREATIVITY, AND INNOVATION

FUEL DISCOVERY, CREATIVITY, AND INNOVATION

Innovations and New Frontiers in Design and the Arts: Supporting fundamental research, inspiring creative activity, and providing artists and designers with new tools, methods, and ideas to deepen our experience of the world and the possibilities for human expression.

ARTS, MEDIA AND ENGINEERING

Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) is a pioneering cross-disciplinary school that encourages students to push the frontiers of learning, creating, and communicating in the 21st century. Working with faculty, students research and develop hybrid physical-digital media systems using concepts of design, art, and computer programming. The school’s degree programs equip students to become thought leaders in our evolving digital world. Campaign gifts will support AME’s pioneering work as well as help launch a new venture: SYNTHESIS. This fusion of art, humanities, and science will encourage students to reimagine and remake the spaces we inhabit: offices, classrooms, homes, hospitals and clinics, public spaces, airports, and science labs. SYNTHESIS will bring together worldclass faculty in the sciences, engineering, and humanities across ASU as well as visiting scholars and artists from across the globe. They will work with students in a media-infused experimental space tocreate future worlds. SYNTHESIS will develop tools, applications, responsive environments, and media that will have direct impact on markets (health, design, entertainment), on research (new “experience-rich” models for interpreting and manipulating data), on policy and politics (the environment), and on art (new modes of expression).

ENRICH OUR COMMUNITIES

ENRICH OUR COMMUNITIES

The New American Creative City: Deploying the talents of the nation’s largest comprehensive design and arts school to support the cultural, social, and economic vitality of the Phoenix metro region.

DESIGN AND ARTS CORPS COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Campaign ASU 2020 gives the Herberger Institute an opportunity to establish the forward-thinking Design and Arts Corps Community Partnership Program. The Corps will put 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students to work each year in a semester-long program where they will deploy their creative talent to advance the social, cultural, and physical health of Phoenix and the region.

During their semester downtown, students will work in cross-disciplinary project teams, each led by a faculty member and a community liaison. Teams will partner with specific community clients within the Phoenix area and work together to find creative solutions to specific challenges or problems, whether they’re engaging at-risk youth or repurposing empty lots to become parks or community gardens. We envision that this program—which will become the largest socially engaged arts/design program in the nation—will eventually run more than 100 projects within local organizations, government offices, and corporations.

IMMIX AT THE CREATIVE CITY CENTER

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, theCreative City Center will be the home of thedesign and arts corps and will connect ASUstudents, alumni, and arts professionals with the community, bolstering arts and culture in Arizona’scapital and moving Phoenix into the future. The Creative City Center will be a site for new business incubation, networking, experimentation, and social outreach. Filled with glass-box spaces for artistic expression and experimentation, the Center will be a destination for tourists and residents who want to witness the creative process in action.

The Center will house Immix, a transition program that will provide outgoing graduates with affordable space to live and work as well as direct connections to professional artists and industry professionals. Alumni who enter the Immix program will be required to mentor a current Herberger Institute student. This mentorship program will provide current students with the opportunity to learn about best practices for working as an artist in Phoenix, deepening their ties to the city and developing early connections to the ASU alumni network. Currently, 65 percent of Herberger Institute graduates leave Phoenix and the Valley after graduation. The Creative City Center will provide the services, connections, and opportunities to reverse this outward migration of creative talent. Campaign gifts will provide seed funding for equipment, two center directors, a facility manager, five curators, and program support to serve 1,000 artists.

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