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ASU Pave Symposium to focus on entrepreneurship in the community

Fifth biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts to be held May 5–6

ASU student at the 2015 Pave Symposium

Participants in the 2015 Pave Symposium discuss the relationship between entrepreneurship and the arts.

April 17, 2017

Arizona State University will host the fifth biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5–6 at the Tempe campus. This year's symposium will focus on "Art Entrepreneurship In, With and For Communities."

The symposium connects across multiple Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts initiatives, including "Projecting All Voices" and "Creative Placemaking." Framed by an interactive workshop on "Critical Response Process" by Liz Lerman and John Borstel and anchored by keynote speeches by Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate Roots, and Steven J. Tepper, dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the symposium will include concurrent sessions on theory, practice and pedagogy for arts entrepreneurship, especially as it relates to community engagement and creative placemaking.

Special sessions include Maria Rosario Jackson in conversation with Michael Rohd, and Barbara Schaffer Bacon and Pam Korza on aesthetic frames for evaluating social impact. The schedule also includes field excursions to downtown Phoenix and downtown Mesa to tour creative placemaking initiatives with artists and arts administrators. 

“One of the goals of the symposium is to get students, professors, artists, business leaders and the arts policy community together in one room and start talking about how arts entrepreneurs engage in and with communities,” said Linda Essig, director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Registration is required for this event. The cost is $135 for the general public and $50 for ASU students. The fee covers all events on May 5 and 6, including a light breakfast and lunch both days. 

For additional details about the symposium or to register, visit

The Fifth Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts is sponsored in part by Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and The Kresge Foundation and presented in collaboration with the UW­‐Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration.

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