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.

Contact Us

Looking for our office? As of March 2020, we're working remotely, but if you want to send us something, here's our mailing address:

Arts at Michigan
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!

Abigail Findley

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

I am a junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience with a minor in Music. I've been involved with most types of performing arts throughout my life, but my favourite is music. In terms of art involvement on campus, I currently play clarinet and bass clarinet in Campus Band and help paint sets for MUSKET. If I ever have free time (emphasis on if), you can find me reading, baking, or exploring a new corner of Ann Arbor.

Gabby Dias

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

I am currently a sophomore majoring in Film/TV/Media and Creative Writing (through the RC!), with a potential minor in Music. I love all forms of art––film, tv, books, short stories, music, visual art, etc. When I get a break from schoolwork, I love making playlists, cooking, playing guitar, and rewatching my comfort movies or shows. Some of my favs include Big Hero 6, Mamma Mia, and Brooklyn!

Doris Li

WEBSITE DESIGNER

I am a junior majoring in Computer Science and Cello Performance. In my free time I enjoy playing the guitar and cooking. I love going to arts events on campus, especially the concerts in Hill Auditorium as well as performances at the Power Center. Hamilton is my favorite musical!

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.

Claire Smith

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

I’m a junior at Stamps majoring Art & Design with a focus in graphic design. I’m also minoring in Business because I’m interested in the ways design plays a role in marketing and advertising. Besides Arts at Michigan, I also work with Michigan Athletics and try to fit in freelance projects where I can. When I’m not designing, I’m involved with New Life Church and Making Masterpieces (an art therapy student org), and I love puns, raccoons, and watching Brooklyn Nine Nine!

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!