Projects

Kenan Institute for the Arts

Projects

The Kenan Institute for the Arts strengthens our creative community by acting as a catalyst for innovative ideas, developing strategic partnerships and building artists’ capacity to generate, lead and sustain their work. Our programmatic work is focused in three strategic directions: Artist Leadership, Arts and Society and Career Pathways.

 

Creative Community Lab

The Creative Community Lab is a 2500-square-foot leased space in the historic Railroad Building on South Liberty Street. This innovative facility will offer programmatic, office and "blue sky" meeting space for Kenan fellows, guest artists, partner organizations and others.

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Kenan Internship at Spoleto Festival USA

Internships are provided to emerging artists from the UNC School of the Arts to provide practical knowledge and experience as professional artists embarking on careers in design and production.

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Kenan Directing Fellowship at ACT

The Kenan Directing Fellowship at ACT -- A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle -- provides practical knowledge and experience to recent graduates of the School of Drama at the UNC School of the Arts who are embarking on a career in regional theatre.

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Kenan Fellowships at WGBH Boston

Fellowships at WGBH provide opportunities to School of Filmmaking students at the UNC School of the Arts to gain hands-on experience and mentoring during the scripting phase of production on the animated series Arthur. The fellowship begins with attending the Arthur writers' meeting and observing the team process that generates overall direction and storylines for 16 episodes of the series.

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Collaboration

School of Filmmaking faculty and students from the UNC School of the Arts are sent to the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C., to immerse themselves in new and classic documentaries on the festival circuit, engaging panel discussions and master classes with legendary filmmakers.

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Aspen Music Festival and School Fellowship Program

Fellowships are awarded to music students from the UNC School of the Arts and UNC Chapel Hill to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado for eight weeks during the summer.

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Community Innovation Labs

Community Innovation Labs are a new approach that equips local communities to address tough social challenges by bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders, and deeply integrating artists and artistic practice into rigorously designed and facilitated change processes.

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LEAP

LEAP (Leveraging Arts Enterprise and Placemaking in Economic Development) is a multi-year project to leverage university, community and arts-based resources to transform our community through arts enterprise, creative placemaking and arts-focused economic development.

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And So We Walked

Cherokee actress and writer DeLanna Studi dreamed of one day following the footsteps her ancestors were forced to travel along The Trail of Tears and then finding a way to share their tragic yet triumphant legacy with audiences around the country.

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