After more than a decade as the executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Robert Booker will retire from the commission and be succeeded by Jaime Dempsey, the deputy director since 2006. We’ll hear from Booker about his time and accomplishments at the commission and from Dempsey about her vision for the organization as she takes over.
Arizona State University is launching a project to revolutionize engineering education by creating a learning environment that values risk-taking, innovation and creativity among its students and faculty. ASU’s Polytechnic School will receive one of six $2 million grants awarded by the National Science Foundation to revolutionize its engineering department. Ann McKenna, director of the Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, will tell us more.
Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts combines multiple disciplines: arts, media, engineering, design, film, dance, theater and music, as well as the ASU Art Museum. The institute now has a new dean, Steven Tepper, a social scientist and policy scholar who is one of the nation’s top authorities on creativity and cultural participation. He will talk about his new role and his vision for the institute.
Arizona PBS will air a show called “Hungry Minds,” a documentary about the transformation of several Native American high school students. The film makes a compelling argument for revitalizing Native American education through of creativity and leadership. The project was produced by the Nick Lowery Foundation, which is headed by former NFL kicker Nick Lowery. He will appear on Arizona Horizon to talk about his film.
The Mesa Takes Flight festival, held this past spring, was the culmination a year-long celebration of aviation, aerospace and all things flight-related. This segment focuses on a festival highlight, a dance piece commissioned by the Mesa Center for the Arts and how different groups and individuals within the community came together to create the finished performance.
A look at the Mesa Arts Center’s recent Festival of Creativity and its mission of community outreach. The event offered festival goers the opportunity to enjoy as well as participate in a variety of arts and performance activities, while also providing artists and performers with a unique opportunity for collaboration.
The Ice House, a unique art space and gallery in Phoenix’ warehouse district, is on the verge of closing due to financial challenges, but a group of local artists is trying to rescue the place. We’ll show you what they’re doing to help.