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50th Anniversary

Community Festival

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem, N.C.


Free admission, rain or shine


Parking for the festival is at the Gateway YWCA at 1300 South Main St. Shuttles will be provided to campus   


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The University of North Carolina School of the Arts will host a 50th Anniversary Community Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20.


On tap for the day are family-friendly presentations and performances by each of the conservatory’s five arts schools, a welcome address by new Chancellor Lindsay Bierman and free birthday cake.



                                                                       Photo of Chancellor Bierman by Brent LaFever


A “kid-zone” area will offer 10-minute portraits by visual arts students, photo opportunities with characters from Peppercorn Children’s Theatre’s Peter and the Wolf, face painting by students in make-up design, a stilt walker, balloon artist, puppet making and yard games.


“This is our way of saying thank you to Winston-Salem and all of North Carolina for 50 years of support,” said Jim DeCristo, director of external affairs and interim chief advancement officer, who co-chairs the 50th Anniversary Committee. “We’ve planned four solid hours of performances, presentations and activities that the whole family will enjoy,” he said. “I hope it will be a day of discovery for those who have never visited our campus, and rediscovery for those who have.”


Arts presentations and performances will include the following: 

  • Creative movement for kids of all ages, offered by the Preparatory Dance Program, combines humor and clowning to unlock creativity and improvise movements;
  • A musical instrument petting zoo, offered by UNCSA’s Community Music School in partnership with the Winston-Salem Symphony, allowing curious kids of all ages to see, hear, and touch the instruments they hear in bands or orchestras;  
  • Open rehearsals of dance pieces choreographed by alumnae Helen Simoneau and Cara Hagan and by Dance faculty members Brenda Daniels and Sean Sullivan;
  • Bringing speech to life, by new Drama faculty member Robin Christian McNair, focusing on methods used to develop the speaking voice and integrate it with articulate eloquent speech, and deepening the connection between voice, body, and mind; 
  • Scenes from the opera The Adventures of Pinocchio, performed by fellows of Fletcher Opera Institute; 
  • Performances and open rehearsals by the Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble,  chamber music ensembles and Kenan Professor of Organ Timothy Olsen; 
  • Workshops demonstrating film editing and camera operation; 
  • Circus skills and theatre improvisation workshop;  
  • Demonstration by science Professor Janna Levin using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream; 
  • Gallery exhibition by visual artists; and 
  • Screening of archival footage of the founding of UNCSA. 

Local food truck vendors will be on hand selling refreshments.


UNCSA celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout the 2014-15 school year with events including a three-part speaker’s series focusing on writing as an art form; a featured performance of Guys and Dolls in April; and collaborative events with New Winston Museum, presenters of the THIS SCHOOL, THIS CITY exhibit.


                     Scenes from previous Community Days courtesy UNCSA Archives



Come celebrate with us!





                                                                              Birthday Pickle by Kyle Webster