About

Our Mission

Arts at Michigan's mission is to integrate the visual, performing, and literary arts into the undergraduate experience at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus. Arts at Michigan programs actively engage students in the arts as a meaningful way to build connections between academic and co-curricular experiences, and to support students in their diverse roles as creators, audience members, and leaders in the university's vibrant arts community.

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2011 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Have a question for Arts at Michigan? Email us at arts@umich.edu, or use the online form. We'll do our best to answer your questions or point you in the right direction.

Staff Directory

Joe Levickas

PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ ARTS AT MICHIGAN
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/ OFFICE OF NEW STUDENT PROGRAMS

levickas@umich.edu

I am proud to be in my tenth year at Arts at Michigan, and in my fourth as Program Director. My work with Arts at Michigan has offered great opportunities for me to support students in experiencing, understanding, and creating art. I want to give all Michigan students the opportunity to have transformative experiences with the arts, and I stand proudly behind Arts at Michigan's philosophy 'that the arts are essential to shaping our individual and collective identities and understanding what it means to be a citizen of a diverse multi-cultural society.'

I earned my BFA from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and my MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, both in Painting. I helped coordinate programs and exhibitions at Pratt Institute and The Cooper Union in New York, and at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh. As an artist, curator and arts professional, the arts have been a driving force in my career, and I’m really excited to be working in a position that gives me new opportunities each day to share that passion. I love going to all sorts of arts events with my wife and sons, seeing offbeat films and theatre productions, and exhibitions. I love art museums, historical home tours, and mid century modern design. I have a unique fondness for music from 1993-1994, a love of tacos, French food, pizza, and all types of cheese. And I’m a serious New York Yankees fan.

Rachel Parke

PROGRAM SPECIALIST
rparke@umich.edu

I am beginning my third year as the Program Specialist at Arts at Michigan. Through this position I've connected students to the arts through arts competitions, trips to arts experiences, discussions about and explorations of arts interests, and more! Building meaningful connections between the arts and my community is extremely important to me and I'm thrilled to be able to nurture that passion at the University of Michigan!

I earned by Bachelor’s Degree in arts education at Aquinas College and continued my education at Eastern Michigan University with a Master’s Degree in art administration and nonprofit management. Prior to my position at Arts at Michigan I served as the Program and Communications Manager at both The Arts Alliance and Artrain, Inc. In this role I developed a strong network of arts and cultural organizations in Washtenaw County.

Outside of U-M I am an organizer of DIYpsi, a biannual indie art fair in Ypsilanti. Through DIYpsi I have supported the businesses of a large number of independent artists in SE Michigan and beyond. If you attend an indie art fair in SE Michigan there's a good chance you will see me there working, volunteering, or shopping!

Baxter Banghart

WEBSITE DESIGNER

I am currently a sophomore double majoring in Computer Science and Data Science at the College of Engineering with my eyes set on a future in Artificial Intelliegence and Machine Learning. I also spent a good portion of time studying Computer Science at Western Michigan University prior to college proper.

In my free time I enjoy tinkering with computers, playing guitar, developing my cooking skills, and compulsively changing my computer wallpaper. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should find a place for art somewhere in their life regardless of their other interests. Life would be kind of boring without it.

Tina Ji

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

I am a junior at U of M majoring in Art and Design and minoring in History of Art, Entrepreneurship, and Asian Studies. My journey with art started when I stepped onto a plane to Canada alone with a dream of becoming a fashion designer at age ten. Ever since then, I had always been interested in arts. Through practicing the art and seeing other people's work, I was able to find my haven, where I felt like I can be a true self. It has become a tool for me to communicate myself better. Art has shaped me into who I am today - determined, versatile and passionate.

In my spare time, I love going on Etsy to see other artists' work and to collect them. I also love trying new food. My goal before I graduate U of M is to try all of the restaurants in Ann Arbor.

Renzi Wise

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

I am a senior at U-M majoring in Public Policy and minoring in History of Art. I've been exploring the arts for as long as I can remember and have dabbled in various mediums from theater to watercolors to oils to fashion and costume design to pottery and photography. While I didn't decide to major in an explicitly arts-related field, I knew I had to keep the arts in my life somehow. Working for Arts at Michigan as a Program Assistant has allowed me to do so, keeping me up to date on arts happenings on campus and allowing me to help other students experience the importance of the arts. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, painting, doing the crossword, and going hiking whenever I get the chance!

SoJung Ham

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

I am currently an undeclared sophomore in LSA at the University of Michigan, but have plans to transfer to the School of Information for the UX design major + an Art and Design Minor. The arts have been a very prevalent aspect of my life where I spend most of my time drawing, doing graphic design, and playing clarinet. Alongside this, I run an online shop and go to conventions to sell my artwork. I also enjoy taking pictures of my cat, learning random fun facts, running, watching animation, and listening to musicals.

Employment

Want to work for Arts at Michigan? We've got two great blogs with opportunities for paid student writers! And occasionally we have other positions open too- graphic designers, web designers, program assistants and more! Take a look and see if these opportunities are a good fit for you!