Working at Arizona State University and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is a dream come true, that I never realized was so important to my creative practice, and the urgent and brilliant work of the faculty and students here. From my first days on campus, there’s a freedom of imagination that allows me to be vulnerable, take risks, and ask the deep, probing questions required of any artist. I design classes that I feel are needed to be taught; I collaborate with students and faculty on an array of programs, special projects, and concert experiences; I create and compose new works for artists and ensembles, worldwide, from creative spaces that are vital to my creative practice; and I’ve created DBR Lab which allows students to plan, design, and present their own work as they start or deepen their careers.
This type of institutional relationship is rare, and owe a debt of gratitude to Dean Steven Tepper, Vice President of Cultural Affairs Colleen Jennings-Roggensack and Director Heather Landes, for believing in and supporting my plans, goals, dreams, and visions for our shared futures in our field. ASU is my creative home, and continues to inspire me every day that I am here—with my friends, family, as we all move towards our future.
- Daniel Bernard Roumain