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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. 

Highlights about our College:

  • JCA includes the School of Music, as well as the Departments of Art, Arts Administration, Dance, and Theatre.
  • We offer both professional degrees (BFA in dance, BM in music) as well as true liberal arts degrees (BA in art, music, and theatre), which many students pursue in order to double major or minor in another college.
  • JCA students present nearly 150 student performances annually, utilizing the five venues of the Butler Arts and Events Center: Clowes Memorial Hall, Schrott Center for the Arts, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, Lilly Hall Studio Theatre, and Shelton Auditorium.
  • The JCA Signature Series brings world-renowned guest artists to our campus for mini-residencies that include a public performance or lecture, plus workshops and master classes for JCA students.

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 $5,000, 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!

Arts Administration Gift Fund Challenge
Your gift can unlock additional support for the Arts Administration Department! 10 gifts to this challenge will unlock $1,250 in funding for the Arts Administration Gift Fund. Gifts to the Arts Administration Gift Fund support the next generation of leaders in the arts by providing trips for students to explore the arts in new cities, panels and guest speakers, and support for students that take on low or no paying internships.

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
Area of Campus Leaderboard
Check out which Area of Campus is leading the pack on Day of Giving!
Rank Department Gifts
1 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 226
2 Live Mascot Program 204
3 Lacy School of Business 188
4 Alumni Engagement 156
5 College of Education 129
6 College of Communication 121
7 Athletics 120
8 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 110
9 Jordan College of the Arts 80
10 Esports 57
11 Hub for Black Affairs and Community Engagement 55
12 Student Affairs 46
13 Center for Faith and Vocation 24
14 Career and Professional Success 21
15 Butler Arts and Events Center 15
16 Libraries 10
Bud Kerwin Scholarship Challenge
Thank you for supporting dance students and Bud's legacy!
$1,500 MATCHED
College Pride Scholarship Challenge
Go Dawgs! We unlocked $30,000 in scholarship support for Butler students!
$30,000 MATCHED
Alumni Community Leaderboard
Check out which Alumni Communities are making the largest impact on Butler Day of Giving!
Please indicate if you are a member of a regional alumni community
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Central Indiana Community 217
2 Chicago Community 68
3 Greater Detroit Community 24
4 Greater Boston Community 21
5 Greater New York Community 15
6 St. Louis Community 14
7 Bay Area Community 9
8 Fort Wayne Community 9
9 Cincinnati Community 8
10 Washington, DC Community 8
11 Greater Evansville Community 7
12 Atlanta Community 6
13 Mile High Community 5
Arts Administration Gift Fund Challenge
Thank you to Lindsay '05 and Joe Platt '06 for sponsoring this challenge and supporting the Arts Administration program!
10 / 10 Gifts
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff Challenge
We did it! Thanks to all LAS Faculty and Staff that made a gift.
100 / 100 Gifts
Final Countdown Challenge
In the final hours of 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 $80,000 in student scholarship support!
$10,000 MATCHED
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