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

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. ASU student at the 2015 Pave Symposium Participants in the 2015 Pave Symposium discuss the relationship between entrepreneurship and the arts. Download Full Image

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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Preschoolers dig archaeology at ASU mock excavation

Preschoolers dig for candy and exposure to science at mock excavation.
April 17, 2017

In an effort to get young kids excited about the field of archaeology, Arizona State University held its first-ever mock excavation exercise Monday on the front lawn of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change building on the Tempe campus.

Preschoolers from ASU’s Child Development Laboratory had the chance to feel different types of animal bones and listen to a book about woolly mammoths, in addition to everyone's favorite activity — digging through sand to search for bags of bone-shaped candy. 

"I think the kids loved digging and exploring," said Kelly KnudsonKnudson is also an associate professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change., director of the ASU Center for Bioarchaeological Research. "At this age, they don't already know if they like science or not. Getting them to understand at such an early age what science is will help create more leaders in the science community and teach them that science can be fun."

A handful of student volunteers were also on hand to assist in everything from shuttling kids to the site of the dig to explaining what bones belong to which kind of animals.

"I think getting to do hands-on things with kids like this is exciting," said bioarchaeology graduate student Sofia Pacheco-Fores. "A lot of the time we'll take them on lab tours to show them what we're doing, but that's kind of abstract. Doing a fake dig or mock excavation is more real to them." 

The excitement was visible all morning. Smiles crossed the preschoolers faces as they dug with both hands and trowels in search of a tasty treat, and the sound of laughter filled the air as they learned about prehistoric beasts. 

For preschooler Mathias Knudson-Krantz, the opportunity to take home a bag of sugar made the day memorable. 

"I love excavating for candy," he said through a wide grin.