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ASU MIX Center Opens in Downtown Mesa

ASU President Michael Crow noted that “there’s nothing that can be imagined that you can’t do here.”

“If you came off a Marvel lot in Atlanta and you came here, you wouldn’t find anything missing – the rigging, the power distribution, the acoustic insulation — everything is up to top-of-the-line standards.”
Jake Pinholster, Founding Director, MIX Center and Executive Dean, Herberger Institute

A catalyst for Mesa’s emerging downtown innovation district, The Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center houses programs for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, including the Sidney Poitier New American Film School. Large-volume theaters, a 3,000 square-foot, three-story enhanced immersion studio, digital fabrication lab, recording studios, and sound stages offer an unprecedented array of tools and technologies for student exploration.

Designed in collaboration with Holly Street Studio, the MIX Center is part of the ASU @ Mesa City Center complex, a collaboration between the University and Mesa, and provides opportunities for civic engagement and exploration. A three-acre park provides a new public outdoor space for the city, where students and residents can gather and enjoy live events on the MIX Center’s programmable 30’ x 70’ LED screen. A public pathway through the first-floor entry gallery connects with the Mesa Arts Center to the south and the Mesa Public Library and other civic institutions to the north. The MIX Center’s first-floor community room, entirely programmed by the building’s community advisory board to host neighborhood event coordination, workshops, design charrettes, and other activities, opens outward onto the plaza. Learn more about the project below.