ASU welcomes students to new downtown Mesa campus
A new ASU campus in downtown Mesa is officially open.
State of play: The Media and Immersive eXperience Center (MIX) is the fifth ASU campus in the Valley.
- It will house the Sidney Poitier New American Film School, where students can study film, video production and digital technology.
- The $100 million facility was largely paid for by the city.
Why it matters: Other ASU campuses have driven major economic growth in their surrounding areas. Mesa is counting on a similar return on its investment.
- The city anticipates more than $16 million annually in direct and indirect revenue.
- Since the city council voted to authorize the campus in 2018, once-sleepy downtown Mesa has seen significant new residential and retail development.
Flashback: ASU's road to downtown Mesa hasn't been easy or universally popular.
- In 2016, Mesa voters rejected a tax increase proposal that would have funded the ASU campus and public safety facilities.
- Two years later, the council voted to fund the campus without raising taxes.
What they're saying: Erin Rice, a junior majoring in film and media production, tells Axios Phoenix she was thrilled to see ASU make a substantial investment in art programs in her hometown.
- Aaliyas Thompson, a junior in the same program, tells us he's watched the building go up for the past year and is excited to have new equipment and facilities to produce films.
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