A Message from Dr. Rushton

Arts Admin students and faculty,

I hope you have all been enjoying the summer (wet as it has been)! I want to introduce you all to some new instructors in the program for this fall, whom we are excited to welcome.

Adriana Fernandez will be teaching our undergraduate course in arts marketing this fall, and will also teach classes in theatre and dance management, and in event management, in spring. She comes to us from the University of Iowa, where she studied and taught theatre management.

Jim Walker is founder and executive director of Big Car – check out bigcar.org – based in Indianapolis. He brings his experiences in community building to our cross-listed undergraduate/graduate class in the Arts and Social Change this fall.

Holly Johnson is a SPEA alum, past director of Women’s Philanthropy for the IU Foundation, and now Vice President of Development for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. We are very pleased she will be teaching our MAAA course in fund development this fall.

Josh Owens, a graduate of Wabash and the London School of Economics, and now Instructor in Economics and Statistics at Butler University, will be teaching the graduate class in arts economics, Arts Administration and the Cultural Sector, this fall, introducing the new generation of MAAA students to the magical powers of optimizing at the margin.

Welcome to all – you will find the arts administration students at IU a joy to know and to teach.

Finally, though not new to the program by any means, please welcome Michael Wilkerson as the new director of arts administration programs. His long experience in arts admin practice and teaching, his deep commitment to student success in the program and in their careers, ensures the program and its students will continue to flourish.

I will be taking leave of teaching for a spell, as I move to a full-time commitment in university administration. I’ll be in Bryan Hall, but expect to see me around SPEA, at arts admin symposia and events, and just because I know I will miss the place. Thank you to all the students, teachers and staff – working in the program the past nine years has been truly wonderful. And a hundred thousand thank yous to Megan.


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