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Jordan College of the Arts

History of JCA

The Jordan College of the Arts has a distinguished tradition extending from the year 1895, when the Metropolitan School of Music was founded. That school merged in 1928 with the Indiana College of Music and Fine Arts to become the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music. In 1951, after 23 years of close affiliation, the conservatory became a part of Butler University as Jordan College of Music. The name was changed to the Jordan College of Fine Arts in 1978 and to the Jordan College of the Arts in 2012.

In 1995, Jack Eaton, former JCA dean and longtime friend of JCA, published a history of the first 100 years of the College. This fascinating chronicle is available for purchase by contacting Jan Thornburgh, JCA receptionist, at (317) 940-9231 or jthornbu@butler.edu. Cost is $10.