ASU President Michael Crow noted that “this facility, this design, this technology, these programs, these activities are the best of the best that exist on the planet, sitting right here in downtown Mesa.”
Leaders from Arizona State University and the City of Mesa, project team members, faculty and students, and the broader community recently gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center, focused on digital media technology and filmmaking. Mesa Mayor John Giles kicked off the event on Friday evening, recalling the project’s journey from planning to completion. ASU President Michael Crow highlighted the significant advancement the MIX Center creates for Mesa and the university, adding “we are here because the people of Mesa and the leadership of the city of Mesa believe in the future of new things, new technologies, new trajectories.” Friday’s event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the building, and the festivities continued the following day with a ‘housewarming party’ with technology demonstrations, tours, food trucks, performances, and a viewing of the Pixar movie “Coco” on the 30’x70’ LED screen in the plaza.
The ASU MIX Center houses The Sidney Poitier New American Film School’s production and post-production programs as well as courses in digital media technology, world-building, experience design, and gaming from the Design School, the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, and the College of Global Futures. The 118,000-square-foot project offers students cutting-edge technology and facilities, equipping them with industry-leading tools and resources. The project was designed in collaboration with Holly Street Studio.
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