Jordan College of the Arts
Imagine. Innovate. Inspire.

The Jordan College of the Arts exists to develop students into artist-citizens who will become leaders in arts and society. Through our liberal arts curriculum and nationally recognized faculty, we are preparing well-rounded graduates who are critical thinkers as well as experienced performers. With degree programs in Art, Arts Administration, Dance, Music and Theatre, our students are able to take advantage of Indianapolis’ thriving arts scene to gain real-world experience while earning their degree. 

Despite our relatively small size, our students annually put on approximately 150 student performances, drawing community members of all ages to our campus. Our students also have opportunities to study abroad, gain teaching experience in the Butler Community Arts School, and learn alongside distinguished guest artists through our JCA Signature Events Series. As a result of this experiential learning, JCA students graduate with professional preparation for a 21st century arts career.

With one of the oldest and most comprehensive Arts Administration programs in the country and a dance program that consistently ranks in the top five nationally, the Jordan College of the Arts has a long history of excellence. The Butler Ballet program annually draws over 15,000 audience members. Our faculty are world-renowed performers and dedicated educators. Through the Butler Arts Collaborative, we have ongoing partnerships with six local arts organizations, five of which are housed on campus, offering extensive opportunities for our students to interact with professionals working in the arts. 

In order to continue building on these strengths and fulfilling our vision of being the leader in arts education and innovation in Indianapolis and the region, we need your help. Invest in our students and the cultural fabric of our community by supporting the Jordan College of the Arts through one of our strategic funding priorities listed below. Each initiative will enhance the learning opportunities we are able to provide our students while expanding the reach of our cultural impact in the region.


Featured Jordan College of the Arts Initiatives

Bud Kerwin Scholarship Matching Challenge 
Harry (Bud) Kerwin encouraged all of his dance students to be the best creative versions of themselves, and “go for it” in a very challenging career. To honor his legacy, the Bud Kerwin JCA Dance Scholarship was created to immortalize all he gave to his students and the dance community. In celebration of Day of Giving, gifts to this fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,500, as a way to say “thank you” to one of the most important mentors and teachers that ever walked into the dance studios at Butler University!

$50,000
Participation Challenge
Some call it giving back, we call it the Butler Way. Thank you, Bulldogs! And a special thank you to Ken Massaroni '83 and Lori Ziemba '82, and Lynne Zydowsky '81for funding this challenge.
1,500 / 1,500 Gifts
Completed
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Check out which Alumni Communities are making the largest impact on Butler Day of Giving!
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Rank Answer Amount
1 Central Indiana Community $22,960.00
2 Chicago Community $17,453.01
3 MBA Community $4,425.00
4 Greater Detroit Community $2,550.00
5 Greater Boston Community $2,410.00
6 Bay Area Community $2,230.00
7 Black Alumni Association $2,100.00
8 LGBT Alumni Association $2,075.00
9 Greater New York Community $1,675.00
10 Washington, DC Community $1,600.00
11 Greater Evansville Community $1,520.00
12 Atlanta Community $1,100.01
13 St. Louis Community $1,000.00
14 Cincinnati Community $990.18
15 Young Alumni Board $830.10
16 Fort Wayne Community $410.00
17 Mile High Community $275.00
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Match
Butler Fund for Student Scholarship Matching Challenge
Gifts made to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 on Day of Giving. Butler University has steadily grown our financial aid allocation to nearly $78 million per year, but we need your help to further expand the financial resources available to our students and their families. Your gift to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will allow students to continue to experience the superior education that can only be offered at Butler University.
$25,000 MATCHED
Completed
$1,700
Young Alumni Board Challenge
Young alumni rock! Thanks for your support!
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
A Final Four Challenge
Let's finish strong over the last 4 hours of BU Day of Giving! Gifts made to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Your gift to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship could be the game-winner pushing us over the 1,500 gift goal unlocking an additional $50,000 in student scholarship support!
$10,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
Match
Bud Kerwin Scholarship Matching Challenge
Harry (Bud) Kerwin encouraged all of his dance students to be the best creative versions of themselves, and “go for it” in a very challenging career. To honor his legacy, the Bud Kerwin JCA Dance Scholarship was created to immortalize all he gave to his students and the dance community. In celebration of Day of Giving, gifts to this fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,500, as a way to say “thank you” to one of the most important mentors and teachers that ever walked into the dance studios at Butler University!
$1,960 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
Show Your Pride College Scholarship Challenge
The first $30,000 in Day of Giving gifts made to the Annual Scholarship Fund of any of our six academic colleges will be doubled! Support student scholarships in the College of Communication, College of Education, Jordan College of the Arts, Lacy School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and/or the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and your gift will be matched!
$30,000 MATCHED
Completed
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