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The Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University has awarded funding to six new seed grant projects for its spring 2021 funding cycle.
“You have advanced during this unique time,” President Michael Crow told the Class of 2021 during the commencement video that premiered Monday. “You have a unique opportunity, and there’s nothing to be discouraged about. Just the opposite. This is a carpe diem moment.” This spring, ASU conferred degrees to nearly 18,000 students — an 8% increase from spring 2020 — including more than 5,200 ASU Online students.
British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith of Boredomresearch worked with leading science institutions to create dynamic video installations that explore how large-scale environmental changes alter disease transmission.
Winter break is a time to refresh and relax, and this year, instead of expanding your waistline, ASU invites you to expand your mind. ASU is offering five weeks of free virtual programming to engage students, families with kids and the entire community in learning activities covering topics from social justice to the zombie apocalypse to cookie decorating.
With a generous grant from the Windgate Foundation, the ASU Art Museum has established the Windgate Curator of Contemporary Craft and Design Fellowship and announced Sarah Kelly as the first fellow.
The use of light in art goes back centuries, according to Miki Garcia, director of the ASU Art Museum. “Traditional Stories of Light” is a new all-ages coloring book that’s available for free at the museum or to download.
ASU Art Museum will reopen to the public on Thursday, Aug. 20. During the temporary hiatus, staff has been working diligently to plan for the safe return of visitors to the museum. To ensure well-being, new guidelines based on ASU and city policy have been created for everyone’s health and safety. New procedures include free, timed-entry tickets via Eventbrite, face coverings required for entry, social distancing measures and enhanced cleaning procedures.
ASU Art Museum has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. for the implementation of the upcoming exhibition “Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration,” opening in fall 2021.
Gloria Gerace, an esteemed promoter of the arts who has engaged with some of the most venerable museums and cultural institutions in Southern California, has been appointed to lead the board of trustees of Zócalo Public Square, an ASU Knowledge Enterprise.


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