Tom Kaufmann is an entertainer, wire sculptor, instrument builder and music educator. He has entertained audiences in Northwest Lower Michigan for thirty years, and has performed regularly at the Top of the Historic Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan since 2001. Tom is the owner of Tinkertunes Music Studios, providing programs dedicated to the promotion of early childhood music education. His Traveling Musical Instrument Petting Zoo is a hands-on learning experience that has delighted thousands of students of all ages, in schools, libraries, and museums. Recently, his creative efforts have focused on the construction of a series of unusual outdoor musical instruments like his lithophones and friction harp. His sound sculptures are featured at the Children’s Garden at the Charlevoix Public Library, at the Garoon Gateway to Science in Lake Zurich, Illinois, and Petoskey's Central Elementary School. His 2013 ArtPrize entry, Kinderbells was recently installed in Cadillac Michigan's Sound Sculpture Park.
Tom's ArtPrize Entries
These are Tom's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.