Fellowships awarded for qualified music students to participate in the 8-week world-famous summer Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado. Candidates are nominated to audition by Deans of the Schools of Music at the University of North Carollina School of the Arts and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Two candidates from each campus is selected by the Aspen Music Festival and School to participate in the summer program.
A collaboration with the UNCSA School of Design and Production and Cirque du Soleil to develop student-driven creative performances for jury by representatives of Cirque du Soleil. Several small teams of final-year UNCSA students will each create an 'act' of original creative work. In the summer following graduation, these students become Cirkus Theatre Resident Artists employed by UNCSA to rehearse and stage the acts for an invited audience and for a jury from Cirque du Soleil.
In partnership with the UNCSA School of Design and Production and the Education and Interactive units of WGBH in Boston, this project will be developed and implemented around The Cirkus Theatre Project. UNCSA students teams participating in the Cirkus Theatre Project will provide a unique opportunity to document the creative process as it manifests itself over the course of a year-long competition among student teams charged with conceptualizing and performing a short, original piece without the use of words. WGBH will capture video footage of critical events at the beginning of the academic year, including selection and training of the student teams in early fall and conducting of the initial round of gateways through which participants receive feedback to shape their emerging production concepts. Footage of this forum will be used in multiple forms to support future development of a new multi-media project in the tradition of WGBH’s educational programming focusing on creativity.
In February 2014, the Wayne McGregor /Random Dance Company will bring the choreographic teaching tools of the multi-award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor to UNCSA. One hundred UNCSA School of Dance students will participate in the project and co-create the choreography that will be performed at the Stevens Center for the UNCSA Winter Dance Program.
A partnership with Full Frame Documentary Film Festival to provide the UNCSA School of Filmmaking faculty and students the opportunity to participate in the annual festival in Durham, NC. During the festival, UNCSA students have opportunities to immerse themselves in the festival activities that include films on the circuit, classics from years past, engaging panel discussions, and master classes with legendary filmmakers.
A new partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to establish the UNCSA School of Music as a premier destination for chamber music training. UNCSA students benefit by having the strong curricular value of chamber music through its ability to promote independence as a musicians/artist, spur creativity and enhance job marketability.
A new partnership with MusicianCorp North Carolina, a Music National Service Initiative, to provide outreach opportunities for UNCSA graduate music students to take part in community-based public service projects during the academic year. MusicianCorp recruits and places musicians who serve as teachers, mentors and music-therapists in low-performing public schools, youth centers, hospitals, and other high-need community settings. For more information about MusicianCorp, visit http://www.musiciancorps.org/.
See the Open Dream Ensemble Web Series
A professional outreach program of UNCSA which brings the power of original live performances that integrate theater, dance and music to K-8 students across the southeast, featuring artists trained at UNCSA. Open Dream Ensemble’s ninth season is one of increased networking throughout NC, deepened connections to UNCSA, expanded curriculum connections in residency work, and continuation of the tradition of creating great original, multidisciplinary theater. An original performance, Big Shoes, will be presented in 2013. For more information, visit www.opendreamensemble.com.
Development of a Teaching and Learning Center at UNCSA to serve faculty, staff and students. Working closely with the UNCSA Provost's Office, plans are to create a faculty development program that extends beyond UNCSA, which could be a premier center for training teaching artists for K-12 educators. A new Teaching and Learning Center would provide a structure for collaborative opportunities between faculty members to take place, where they write papers about their learning experiences and research methods within different departments.
A partnership with the UNCSA to engage external directors to work with UNCSA students and faculty to do live filming of campus productions for future UNC-TV broadcasts. Matched by a grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, this project has direct impact on student learning, allowing students on stage, as well as behind the cameras and in post-production, to experience television production process with professional directors and a major broadcast station.
A collaborative fellowship program for recent alumni of the UNCSA Visual Arts program which identifies outstanding young artists for full scholarships to attend one or two intensive summer workshops at Penland School of Crafts. Kenan Fellows benefit from the professional instruction, artistic immersion, and concentrated focus offered by Penland’s unique educational model, with workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media. For more information, visit http://penland.org/programs/kenan.html.
A collaborative summer fellowship program for current UNCSA students that provides the opportunity to observe the inner-workings of this premier PBS station in Boston. The experience focuses on projects related to K-16 education, working primarily with producers in the Education and Interactive units in Boston. In 2013, the Kenan Fellows will develop a set of video-based resources to support K-12 teaching and learning. These resources will focus on interpretations of the creative process from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, grounded in the ongoing efforts of UNCSA student teams to prepare for The Cirkus Theatre Project at UNCSA. The Fellowship will include on-site training and assistance in pre-production planning, video and sound production techniques, and live action shoots and interviews. While in Boston, the Fellows will edit their footage into polished final products working with a variety of producers, designers and developers from across the station.