The artist residencies of the Social Studies initiative are an attempt to open the creative process, making the "human factor" relevant beyond didactic labels and documentation, and creating actual relationships through artistic practice. Social Studies provides a complete gallery to a visiting artist to explore their social interactive approach. The gallery becomes a workshop/studio/lab for the visiting artist, starting with an empty gallery as a guest artist begins their residency. The space allows audiences to view the artist at work, and also invites other artists, students, faculty and the community to collaborate to whatever degree they wish – to query, learn from and share with the artist. Through this community engagement, one of the most important ASU commitments, the results of these interactions will take the work and the artist beyond the ASU Art Museum's traditional exhibition structure. The first Social Studies project opened in the fall 2007 with Jarbas Lopes and Josh Greene.