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For the Media

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The U-M Arts & Culture site is curated by Sydney Hawkins, who currently manages communications, branding, and digital marketing strategy connected to the University of Michigan’s arts and culture initiative. She spent eight years as a radio broadcaster in Michigan before working in marketing communications leadership roles at University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and the Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Ann Arbor). Hawkins now serves as the arts and culture communications manager at Michigan News under the Office of the Vice President for Global Communications. She is passionate about arts education, policy, advocacy, access, and creative community place-making.

Focus areas at U-M include, but are not limited to: Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Architecture and Urban Planning, Art History, Classical Studies, The Institute for Humanities, University Libraries, Museums, the Stamps School of Art & Design, The School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and Screen Arts & Cultures.

For media inquiries, faculty expert requests, feedback, or story ideas, contact her by phone at (734) 615-8765 or by e-mail at sydhawk@umich.edu.

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Alana Valko works as a social media and marketing assistant for the U-M Arts and Culture initiative. She helps to manage the #UMichArts hashtag and accounts, including daily posts on Twitter and Instagram, and works directly with students to ensure voices of campus are heard. Valko is an undergraduate Communication Studies and History of Art student passionate about communication in creative fields, digital communication, and the intersection of art and fashion. She is also the Print Fashion Editor of the campus fashion, arts & cultures magazine, SHEI.

Contact her by e-mail at avalko@umich.edu.



Asia Siev works as a social media and marketing assistant for the U-M Arts and Culture initiative. She helps run the UMichArts Twitter account through daily posts. She is majoring in International Studies, with a minor in Creative Writing. She is passionate about writing, literature, and horses. Siev is also the New Member Coordinator for the Michigan Equestrian Team.

You can reach her at asiev@umich.edu 




Natsume Ono is a social media and marketing assistant for U-M Arts and Culture, mainly using the @umicharts Instagram stories to promote arts and culture related events and news for followers to stay informed. Ono is majoring in Architecture, with a minor in Food & the Environment, and hopes to continue in a career related to design and sustainability. She is also the Design Team Lead for TEDxUofM and a Co-Artistic Director for a student dance organization, Salto Dance Company.

She can be reached at nsono@umich.edu