Michael Kaufmann, director of special projects and civic investment for the Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County, has joined the Jordan College of the Arts Board of Visitors.
Kaufmann said he hopes to be able to help Jordan College students engage with Indianapolis arts and cultural organizations “and bring those organizations onto campus to find some interesting, exciting ways to collaborate.”
“I’m also interested in cross-discipline, cross-sector collaborations,” he said. “I’ve been engaged with Tim Carter quite a bit in Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology, and I want to find ways we can encourage more collaboration there between our students and other departments.”
Kaufmann, who taught at Butler as an adjunct professor, has a long history with the arts. His current position includes managing a public art program for the Health and Hospital Corp.’ new Eskenazi Health campus and developing a wide-variety of programming for the new facilities. He also ran a record label (Asthmatic Kitty) for 10 years.
Ronald Caltabiano, dean of the Jordan College of the Arts, said Kaufmann “has tremendous insight into Indianapolis arts scene—especially arts that attract younger people. He will be a leader in connecting JCA with the Indianapolis community.”
The purpose of the Jordan College of the Arts Board of Visitors is to actively support the mission of the College and to advise the dean on ways to advance the College’s objectives on campus and in the community.
“I live right down the street from Butler,” Kaufmann said, “so it’s not only part of my city community but my neighborhood community. I’m excited to be more engaged.”