Michelle Higgins

Community Engagement Manager, DataArts


Michelle is a musician and former educator who is passionate about securing the future of arts and arts education. She joined DataArts in 2016 and is thrilled to bring her coalition-building experience to the Community Engagement Manager position, where she mobilizes and supports organizations across the country who are utilizing data to benefit the arts in their communities. She most recently served as the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, where she was responsible for the curation, marketing, funding, and execution of Israeli cultural programming in an eleven-state region. Her enthusiasm for creating organic collaborations across communities led to the founding of the first Israeli Jazz and World Music festival in Chicago, which she produced for three years. A native of Alpharetta, Georgia, Michelle began her career with middle and high school instrumental music programs in Forsyth County, Georgia.  She received a degree in music education and flute performance from the University of Georgia as a student of Angela Jones-Reus. Michelle is also a certified yoga instructor, teaching and living in Collingswood, New Jersey.

Cultural Pursuits

Music, contemporary and classical; Literature; Creative Writing; Yoga

Hidden Skill

Finding the best avocado in any group of avocados


Alpharetta, Georgia

Secretly Wants to Be

A Cast Member of Hamilton