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Creative Placemaking at Arizona State University Creative Placemaking at Arizona State University Arizona State University is one of the largest comprehensive universities in the country with more than 98,000 enrolled students on our Arizona campuses and more than 20,000 global online students. More than a decade ago, ASU President Michael M. Crow set out to redefine the role of a public university in American life and to establish ASU as the prototype for a New American University built on a uniquely adaptive model dedicated to access, excellence and impact. Under President Crows leadership, ASU has adapted an enterprise modelfocusing on inclusion for its traditional degrees and education pathways, while also deeply investing in learning mobility through online non-degree or universal learning and scalable partnerships for education including major industry partners like Starbucks, Uber, and others. These scaled innovations showcase how the university leans into its charter, to be defined not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. A critical steward of ASUs charter is the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA)--the largest comprehensive art and design college in the U.S. To help HIDA achieve its mission to support the intersection of design, art and public good we have recruited some of the leading national thought and practice leaders in creative placemaking in both teaching and administrative roles over the last four years, including: Institute Professor, Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson (cross appointment in Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions); Design School Director and Professor of Practice, Jason Schupbach; Institute Professor Michael Rohd; Institute Professor Wanda Dalla Costa (cross appointment in Del E. Webb School of Construction and School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment), Director of the National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation Jennifer Cole and others. In addition to long standing individual thought leadership of our faculty and staff, for the last three years, ASU has played a direct role in advancing the Creative Placemaking field through internal work such as national convenings of Creative Placemaking practitioners and researchers, supporting teaching practices of Creative Placemaking, piloting a national policy fellowship charged with developing outward facing Creative Placemaking assets, participating in the Our Town Knowledge Building Network, modeling the Creative Measurement Lab that advances research and evaluation field needs, and starting a national podcast. ASUs work to build the bench internally includes development of conventional and online courses on Creative Placemaking and related topics, the Creativity Place and Equitable Communities Faculty Academy, curriculum development and curriculum integration efforts, the Design School Re- Design process, and work through the Indigenous Design Collaborative. We also have invested in a wide network of community partners and projects that center community-led and artist-led creative placemaking including work with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the AZ Creative Communities Institute, joint-place based investments with the City of Mesa on the Creative Futures Laboratory, and long term work through a network of community partners involved in the Design & Arts Corps program. We seek to build on this considerable workstrengthening and expanding existing efforts as well as seeding new initiatives particularly focused on documenting, piloting and scaling Creative Placemaking teaching and learning.
Effective start/end date10/12/206/30/23


  • ArtPlace America: $400,171.00


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