Arts Initiative Staff

  • Christopher Audain

    Managing Director

  • Alison Rivett

    Associate Managing Director

  • Anna Johnson

    Director of Communications & Marketing Strategy

  • Joe Levickas

    Program Director

  • Jessica Jenks

    Communications Strategist 

  • Kathryn Grabowski-Khairullah

    Program Curator

  • Adrienne Frank

    Program Specialist

  • Erin Flores

    Project/Administrative Coordinator

  • Félix Zamora Gómez

    Program Coordinator for Engagement

  • Jennifer Carty

    Curator of Art in Public Spaces

  • Audrey Banks

    Graphic Design / Communications Assistant

Arts Initiative Executive Committee

Advisory Committee

  • Tom Baird

    Vice President for Development

  • David Brown

    Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion; Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

  • Kate Cagney

    Director, Institute for Social Research

  • Tess Eastment

    Executive Director of Development, University Initiatives

  • Tom Finholt

    Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Office of the Provost

  • Susan Gott

    Associate Director for Planning and Communication, Arch, Eng, & Const

  • John Granzow

    Director, Arts Engine / Associate Professor of Music (Performing Arts Technology), SMTD

  • Anthony Kolenic

    Director, Matthei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

  • Laura Lessnau

    Assistant Vice President for News, Office of the Vice President for Communications

  • Timothy Lynch

    Vice President and General Counsel/Legal Top Executive-General Counsel, Office of the President

  • Elizabeth Moje

    Dean, School of Education

  • Daniel Rivkin

    Senior Public Affairs Manager, Ford School of Public Policy

  • Will Sherry

    Director of Student Initiatives for Student Life

  • Geoff Thün

    Associate Vice President for Research, UMOR/ Taubman College

  • Katrina Wade-Golden

    Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

LSA Arts Consortium Group

  • Michael Gould

    Center for World Performance Studies, Director

  • Chris Hill

    Comparative Literature, Chair

  • Ellie Abrons

    Digital Studies chair

  • Colin Gunckel

    FTVM, Chair

  • Scott Beal

    Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts (LSWA)

  • Deirdre Hennebury

    Museum Studies, Director

  • Mark Guzdial

    PCAS, Director

  • Carl Abrego

    Residential College, Director

  • Linda Gregerson

    Zell Writers Program, Director

Support the Arts Initiative

Your gift to the U-M Arts Initiative will expand access to the arts on campus and beyond, activate them in student learning and integrate the arts into research across disciplines. Your support for the Arts Initiative will strengthen the arts ecosystem of southeast Michigan while also shaping national and global understandings of how the arts can lead social change.

Pathways and Projects

  • Advocating for the arts as a modality for addressing the most pressing problems of our day.
  • Changing the culture at the U-M by centering the arts in teaching and learning, research, and community engagement.
  • Promoting the state of Michigan's contributions to arts and culture widely, and illustrate its centrality to our national artistic landscape.
  • Supporting arts-centered research and creative work that advances the mission of the university.
  • Elevating racial equity and social justice in all of our work.
  • Integrating arts production, reception, and experiences with the arts more fully and broadly into the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Creating interdisciplinary spaces for collaboration and community-building.
  • Acting as a leading advocate for the power of the arts regionally, nationally, and globally.

Featured Projects

"Arts & Resistance" Theme Semester

In a cross-campus partnership between the U-M Museum of Art, the U-M Arts Initiative, and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, this campus theme semester will reflect on how creativity and making can arise out of oppression and destruction.

Culture Corps

Culture Corps will be a cohort of undergraduate students who take a mini-course together and then are placed in paid internships at arts and culture organizations in Southeast Michigan.

Michigan Monuments

The Michigan Monuments Project, in partnership between the University of Michigan Museum of Art, will examine how history gets made and remade through public art, and it will leverage public artistic practice as a catalyst for imagining a more just future for the State of Michigan.