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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 25, 2011) – As part of the ARTStem program, the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts has announced that eleven faculty projects have received ARTStem Faculty Project awards this academic year.

The goal of ARTStem is to forge a deep and innovative relationship between the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) faculty and public school educators by promoting collaborations that explore the relationship between learning and teaching in the arts and the “STEM” disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. During 2010-2011, ARTStem aims to generate a series of faculty projects that will bring its core ideas to a broader set of students, instructors, and staff at both institutions.

 ARTStem continues the Kenan Institute’s commitment to leveraging resources in support of K-12 public education in North Carolina and aims to provide valuable professional enrichment opportunities for public school teachers, while exploring new directions for learning in and through the arts. For 2010-2011, the public school partner institution is R.J. Reynolds High School (RJR HS) in Winston-Salem.

According to ARTStem’s Project Director Mike Wakeford, who teaches History and Humanities in UNCSA’s Undergraduate Academic Program, ARTStem began with a simple question: What would happen if we gathered together a group of faculty from across UNCSA and our partner institution, R. J. Reynolds High School, and without regard for ‘disciplines’ or subject specialties, challenged ourselves to forge student centered collaborations? “This current slate of Faculty Project awards,” Wakeford says, “reminds us that beneath the labels like ‘arts education’ or the ‘STEM-disciplines’, we pursue the common goal of equipping our students with the skills, curiosity, and courage to produce new knowledge, to ask questions and tell stories in ways that help humans make sense of the world, and to author the worlds of tomorrow.”

The 2010-2011 ARTStem Faculty Project awards are listed below. For more detailed information on each project, visit

Staging Science: Artists’ Residency with Playwright Anna Ziegler and Director Linsay Firman, a three-day residency featuring a reading of Ziegler’s play, Photograph 51, which recently closed a successful run (with Firman as director) at New York City’s Ensemble Studio Theater. There will be a staged reading of Photograph 51 performed by six UNCSA students on Tuesday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the DeMille Theatre on campus. Admission is free. See for ticket information.

Collaborators: Project Leader, Mike Wakeford (History and Humanities, UNCSA UAP); Linda Moore (UNCSA High School Academic Program); Ellen Rosenberg (Theater History & Literature, UNCSA UAP); Joe Mills (Literature and Writing, UNCSA UAP); Janna Levin (Science, UNCSA UAP); Angell Caudill (Arts Magnet Director, RJR); Drew Perrin (Directing student, UNCSA School of Drama)

“Let’s Make Some Noise”: An Installation/Performance/Publication Project, a public installation in which students and community members will explore convergences of art and technology.

Collaborators: Project Leader Dean Wilcox (Assistant Dean and Theater History, UNCSA UAP); John Bowhers, William Conlin (UNCSA students and members of student group ONYX); Allison George (Math, RJR HS); Bob King (Digital Media, UNCSA UAP); Janna Levin (Science, UNCSA UAP), Jason Romney (Sound, UNCSA School of Design and Production)

Judo as a Science and an Art will supplement UNCSA courses in physics and stage combat by exploring judo as an art, science, sport, and means of self-defense.

Collaborators: Project Leader Janna Levin, (Science, UNCSA UAP); Nicolle Babosci (Physics, RJR HS); Woody Bostic (independent judo instructor); Dale Girard (Stage Combat, UNCSA School of Drama)

Engineering Aesthetics will explore the aesthetics of regulation within the considerations of physics in the creation of architectural structures.

Collaborators: Project Leader Matt Fussell (Visual Art, RJR HS), Nicolle Babosci (Physics, RJR HS); Nick Lutzwieler (Sutton-Kennerly & Associates, Inc., Intern Structural Engineer); Brian Kubecki (Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce, Intern Architect); Ashley Hurst (Visual Art, RJR HS)

The Meaning of Proof: Using a Play about Math to Blend Cultures of Performance & Inquiry will sponsor ARTStem-dedicated performances of a UNCSA student-directed production of David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, Proof (2001).

Collaborators: Project Leader Mike Wakeford (History and Humanities, UNCSA UAP); Drew Perrin (Directing student, UNCSA School of Drama); Angell Caudill (Arts Magnet Director, RJR HS); Allison George (Math, RJR HS); Camie Bell (Math, RJR HS); Jill Lane (Dean of UNCSA High School Academic Program and Math, UNCSA HS); Wanda Coyle (Math, UNCSA HS); Sarah Greer (Math, UNCSA HS)

Shadow on the Sun will be a musical composition for wind ensemble that confronts certain paradoxes in solar phenomena. Shadow on the Sun will debut at the UNCSA Wind  Ensemble concert, Saturday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Additionally, a public talk featuring UNCSA Composer-in-Residence Lawrence Dillon, Wind Ensemble conductor Michael Dodds, and physicist Eric Carlson will be held on Thursday, March 3, at 4 p.m. in the RJR Screening Room on the UNCSA campus.

Collaborators: Project Leader, Lawrence Dillon (Composer-in-Residence, UNCSA School of Music); Eric Carlson (Wake Forest University, Physics faculty); Michael Dodds (Conductor, UNCSA Wind Ensemble & School of Music faculty); Michael Wakeford (UNCSA UAP faculty); Nicolle Babosci (RJR HS, Physics faculty); Janna Levin (UNCSA UAP, Science faculty)

The Artistic Expression of Scientific Concepts is a collaborative project between an instructor of anatomy and movement and faculty from the School of Dance to produce filmed works that artistically express anatomical or physiological concepts.

Collaborators: Project Leader, David Pounds (Science, UNCSA UAP); Brenda Daniels and Trish Casey (UNCSA School of Dance)

The Consilience Project: Nicholas Bragg, Painting, and the ‘Jumping Together’ of Ideas and Experience is a project inspired by evolutionary scientist E.O. Wilson’s unifying theory of knowledge, consilience, and will introduce students in a core academic course, Foundations of Western Thought, to easel painting as a medium of expression and conceptual integration.

Collaborators: Project Leader Mike Wakeford (History and Humanities, UNCSA UAP); Nicholas Bragg, Painter, founding Executive Director of Reynolda House Museum of American Art (1969-1999), Member, UNCSA Board of Visitors.

Science Giants is a collaboration of elementary teachers and students, screenwriters, puppeteers, and animators that will develop a 30-minute “television” program that explores the presence of science in our daily lives with a focus on electricity and magnetism as outlined in the NC Standard Course of Study.

Collaborators: Project Leader, Joe Lopina, (Animation, UNCSA School of Filmmaking); Gabriella J. Ducamp (4th Grade, Brunson Elementary); Laura Hart McKinney (Screenwriting, UNCSA, School of Filmmaking); Rachel Briley (Theater, UNC Greensboro); Jane McKim (RiverRun Film Festival)

Food Presentation as an Art and a Science is a project elucidating the connection between the science of cooking and the art of food presentation.

Collaborators: Project Leader Janna Levin (Science, UNCSA UAP); David Koerner (independent chef); Sandi Shumaker (Foods, RJR HS)

The Art and Science of Solar Cells is a project that explores the science of solar cell technology and considers the possible role of art in the use and public awareness of solar energy.

Collaborators: Janna Levin, (Science, UNCSA UAP); Ashley Witherspoon (Science, RJR HS)

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts ( is a privately funded program of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts that incubates projects that sustain artists at every point in their creative development through strategic partnerships that capitalize on visionary thinking in the arts.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts ( is the University of North Carolina’s conservatory for the arts, dedicated entirely to the professional training of students possessing exceptional talents in the performing, visual and moving  image arts. UNCSA offers students focused, intense, professional training at the high school, baccalaureate, and masters levels in its schools of Dance, Design and Production, Drama, Filmmaking and Music.

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