ASU supporters’ generosity has powered many breakthroughs and successes, and laid the groundwork for a future full of possibilities.

3 free opportunities at ASU

These entertaining and educational things to do are made possible by donations from ASU supporters.


There’s always a lot going on at Arizona State University, and with donor support through Campaign ASU 2020, much of it is free!

Here are three opportunities — free and open to the ASU community and the public — that have been made possible through philanthropic support.

Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute

Every public school teacher in Arizona can access free training and professional development through ASU Prep Digital’s Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute, designed to help the state’s K–12 teachers deliver quality instruction in online and blended learning environments.

Topics include best practices in online instruction, Web 2.0 tools, setting up a virtual instruction plan, pace charts, monitoring student progress, teaching time and stress management, and more.

This ASU collaboration is provided at no cost to schools or teachers through the generous investment of the Arizona Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, and Helios Education Foundation, a philanthropic organization known for its work in creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education.

Check the training calendar for dates and details.

Art exhibit ‘Restless Balance: boredomresearch’

From the textbooks of ancient Greek physician Hippocrates to current research on the coronavirus pandemic, we know that human health is impacted by environmental factors.

Internationally renowned British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith of boredomresearch have collaborated with leading science institutions over the past decade to create dynamic video installations that explore how large-scale environmental changes have altered disease transmission. In 2019, they worked with researchers at the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center at the ASU Biodesign Institute on radically new ways of thinking about cancer treatment.

‘Restless Balance: boredomresearch’ is the U.S. premiere of the resulting video installation, “In Search of Chemozoa,” along with three striking earlier works based on animated robots navigating Venice’s polluted canals, flight patterns of mosquitoes carrying malaria and intertidal snails adjusting to changed coastal conditions.

“In Search of Chemozoa” was commissioned and funded by the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center, a new center established through an award from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute and housed at the Biodesign Institute at ASU. It is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts with additional support from the ASU Art Museum’s Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund.

The exhibit is open to the public Tuesday–Saturday through April 24 at ASU Art Museum. To ensure the well-being of all visitors and staff, please reserve free, timed-entry tickets and review guidelines for visiting.

Create a wellness journal

Learn how to capture stories in graphic form. Explore and draw your story through this easy, approachable medium. This workshop will also help you lessen stress and proactively manage self-care and mindfulness. No experience necessary!

This virtual masterclass, online on demand, is made possible with support from the Abbett Family Foundation.

It’s just one of the free digital experiences, including masterclasses, fun demos and other experiences, offered through ASU Gammage as part of its mission to be Connecting Communities™.

Visit ASU Gammage online for a list of upcoming events and links to past events that you can watch anytime.

Learn more about how philanthropic investment is creating opportunity through ASU in the new issue of #ASUThrive and on our Campaign ASU 2020 celebration website.

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