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WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is participating in N.C. State University’s 25th Annual Emerging Issues Forum.

This year, the forum, Feb. 8 and 9 at the Raleigh Convention Center, is focusing on “Creativity.”

Today, two students from the UNCSA School of Dance performed Antony Tudor's Little Improvisations (which will also be featured in the UNCSA Winter Dance production at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem Feb. 18-21).  The students, Leah Benoit and Hayden Stark, were introduced by School of Dance Dean Ethan Stiefel.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 9), UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri will introduce the Forum's keynote speaker, Bill Strickland.

The Emerging Issues Forum is a presentation of N.C. State’s Institute for Emerging Issues. Read more about the Institute for Emerging Issues and the Creativity Forum here: http://www.ncsu.edu/iei/

Chancellor Mauceri was interviewed last week by News 14 Carolina for a preview story about the Forum. He said: “Our creativity is the envy of the world. Our industries in creativity are always admired, never outsourced, and they are exported to every corner of the globe.”

School of Dance Dean Ethan Stiefel was featured on News 14 today in coverage of the Forum. “(Stiefel) said creativity and innovation need to be nurtured, even in tough economic times. 'It is a challenge that people don't understand and appreciate how much art does contribute, not only to the human spirit, but also to local communities, quality of life, and in the end, actually does make a great contribution to the economic climate,' he said."

For more on News 14’s coverage of the Forum, visit: http://news14.com/charlotte-news-104-content/top_stories/621682/emerging-issues-forum-aims-to-spark-business-creativity

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts.  Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.