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Students perform Peter and the Wolf at area elementary schools.

UNCSA Pluck Project students and music students join Arts based Elementary School
kindergarten class to create Peter and the Wolf. (Photo credit: Allen Aycock)

As a public art conservatory, it is not only a joy for students to share their art with others, but a founding principle of the UNC School of the Arts. These programs enrich the cultural life of many areas of the state and region, and provide UNCSA students with valuable performance experience. During the academic year (September-April) the UNCSA Outreach Office coordinates and makes referrals to three types of outreach programs: Community Concerts, Arts-in-Schools and Community Outreach.

Calls for general information can be directed to Rebecca Nussbaum.

Community Concerts

UNCSA offers a variety of public performances are available to community presenters. Concert venues include community colleges, historic sites, art museums, and other settings. UNCSA has an ongoing relationship with several North Carolina communities to perform chamber music concerts. Some of these communities include Chapel Hill, Hendersonville, Wilmington, Raleigh, and Charlotte, as well as venues in southern Virginia. UNCSA ensembles have performed in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; New York; Moro Bay; Calif.; and Atlanta among other cities across the country.
Contact: Rebecca Nussbaum

Students present concerts for the community. Photo Credit by Allen Aycock

The Giannini String Quartet. L to R : Nicole Wendl, violin; Peter Ayuso, viola; Eli Kaynor, cello; Lucia Kobza, violin (Photo credit: Allen Ay cock)

Arts In-Schools Programs


In-School Music Programs
Students and faculty from the UNC School of the Arts visit about 20-30 schools per year. These activities are organized through the Office of Career Services and Outreach. These programs typically target music students on middle and high school level.
Contact: Rebecca Nussbaum

Fletcher Opera Institute (
The Institute offers education programs, which introduces young audiences to opera. Opera Fellows visit about 30 elementary schools each year, as part of the Fletcher Opera Fellowship training. Fletcher Opera innovative outreach programs have included What's All the Shouting About?, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing, and Jack and the Beanstalk.
Contact: Steve LaCosse


Peter and the Wolf
The story ballet Peter and the Wolf is presented in local schools by UNCSA ballet students and is coordinated by ballet faculty member Frank Smith.
Contact: School of Dance

The Pluck Project
Outreach is a component of the Pluck Project, a student-directed program composed of modern dancers at the senior college level which culminates in a New York performance. As part of their activities, the Pluck Project students present dance workshops in N.C. schools.
Contact: Rebecca Nussbaum


Drama Workshops in NC Schools.
Members of the college senior drama class lead workshops for drama students in public school drama programs. A variety of workshops are offered, including Shakespeare, masks, theatre games, and musical theatre performances.
Contact: Rebecca Nussbaum


ArtistCorps will provide an artist-driven service opportunity by placing accomplished artists in public schools and community-based institutions to work with high-needs students. Artists from UNCSA as well as artists in the Forsyth County, NC, area will work directly with pre-Kindergarten to high school seniors to strengthen community and learning through the use of music, movement, acting, and creating works of art. Learn more about UNCSA ArtistCorps.


Community Outreach Programs

A.R.C.H. (Artists Reaching Children in the Hospital) Program

UNCSA high school drama students and guest artists make visits to Brenner Children's Hospital to perform for, interact with, and engage young patients in artistic and creative activities. This interaction helps young patients cope with the anxiety of being in a hospital. Student artists make regular visits during the school year.
Contact: Rebecca Nussbaum

High School student at Brenner Children's Hospital
High School drama students bring scarves for pediatric patients to juggle at Brenner
Children's Hospital as part of A.R.C.H. program.
( Photo credit: Brent LaFever)


ArtSTEM is a faculty-led initiative with the mission of exploring teaching and learning practices at the intersection of the arts, humanities, and the "STEM" disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. Its most recent work has been the ArtSTEM Mural Project, which brought science and humanities classes at UNCSA together with 6th-grade classes at the Arts-Based School through a shared public art project. ArtSTEM is co-directed by Mike Wakeford and Dr. Janna Levin, both faculty members in the UNCSA Division of Liberal Arts. For more information check the ArtSTEM website.

ArtSTEM ties technology, science, math and art with UNCSA and 6th grade students
Guest artist Kenneth Doub discusses the ArtSTEM Mural Project with the 6th grade class from the Arts Based School. (Photo credit: Mike Wakeford)

Global Arts Haiti

Every May, UNCSA high school students travel to Haiti to share their creativity through creating and performing projects with the orphans of Zanmi Beni. UNCSA music students form bucket bands to explore the world of rhythm and percussion; visual artists use digital cameras to share the magic of photography; dancers teach dance to wheelchair bound Haitian children. The studios of UNCSA and the rubble of Haiti are worlds apart, but every summer, knowledge, compassion, creativity, and the magic of art bring us together. While we are in Haiti, we interview and document the lives of the Haitian orphans. Upon return, UNCSA students create a multimedia production sharing the stories of our Haitian friends with the world. Visit its website and blog at
Contact: Rebecca Nussbaum

UNCSA student go to Haiti to share their talents with Haitian children
A UNCSA high school student demonstrates drumming to Haitian orphans. (Photo credit: Marcus Cooper).

Retirement & Assisted Living Home Performances

UNCSA students give performances in local retirement communities throughout the academic year.

Contact: Rebecca Nussbaum