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The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts


A+ School Program
A comprehensive school reform begun in 1994 that views the arts as fundamental to how teachers teach and how students learn in all subjects.

Artists Contributing to Civic and Responsive Democracy (ACCORD) partnered young, emerging artists with local nonprofits and governmental agencies to address community needs and issues related to culture, identity and inequity.

An initiative inspired by artists and scholars who efface the lines between "the arts" and the "STEM" disciplines of science, engineering, technology and mathematics, bringing UNCSA faculty together with public school educators for seminars and creative teaching collaborations and programming.

BREATHE Faculty Professional Development at UNCSA
For UNCSA teaching artist faculty to design collaborative, multi-disciplinary summer intensive projects that would stimulate course and curriculum development within and across schools and programs at UNCSA.

Cirkus Theatre Project at UNCSA
A collaboration with UNCSA, inspired by Cirque du Soleil, to develop student-driven performances in which small teams of final-year UNCSA students create and present original work without the use of words. Following graduation, these students become Cirkus Theatre Resident Artists employed by UNCSA to rehearse and stage their performances in late summer.

Conservatory Leadership Conference
The Kenan Institute and UNCSA hosted the first national conference of conservatory leaders in 2002, with a second convening taking place in 2007.

Educational Outreach and Summer Programs
Development of a unique set of non-credit courses and workshops to be offered through the UNCSA Office of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs beginning in summer 2012. Plans include courses offered in partnership with nationally recognized artists and arts organizations; courses developed by UNCSA alumni, where they would teach while developing final performances; and directed-focus courses, addressing specific needs such as business skills for artists and teaching artist training.

Dance Collaborations: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
An unprecedented workshop focused on collaborative and creative methods for choreographers and dancers on the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in August 1-5, 2011.

Dialogues: Conversations with Guest Artists
Events focusing on conversations with guest artists who visited the UNCSA campus to work directly with young artists in training, sharing their experience and knowledge of the profession from the standpoint of a working professional.

Directors Program at UNC-TV
A partnership with UNCSA, matched by a grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, that engaged professional directors to work with students and faculty to do live filming of campus productions for UNC-TV broadcasts, allowing students to experience the television production process with a major broadcast station.

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