Artpreneur Initiative

Artpreneur Initiative

Since its inception in 2017, the UNCSA Artpreneur Initiative has provided graduating college students and alumni the opportunity to receive funding to support their creative works and enterprises deemed to be of the highest merit, artistic excellence or innovative potential.

UNCSA defines an Artpreneur as an artist who reaches beyond existing disciplines, technologies, constructs and processes to effect change they wish to see in the world, through their creative practice.

The Artpreneur Initiative is administered and supported by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, with additional support from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and Margaret Scales and Graydon Pleasants. For more information, email Erin Edge at artpreneur@uncsa.edu.

2022 Artpreneur Award Recipients

Jackson Baker
Jackson Baker
Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"Arcadia" web series
Rachel Cozart
Rachel Cozart
Student Artpreneur Grant Recipient
SnowGlobe Series interdisciplinary installation
Jenna Cusack
Jenna Cusack
Student Artpreneur Grant Recipient
"Bad Look" short film
Emily DeForest
Emily DeForest
Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"Angry Belly" auto-fictional short film
Tij D'oyen
Tij D'oyen
Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"Nepo, Baby!" short film
Billie Feather
Billie Feather
Student Artpreneur Grant Recipient
Feather Farm Recording
Tramaine Rapheal Gray
Tramaine Rapheal Gray
Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
Live Art Experience, ever-evolving Black Queer storytelling
Nile Harris
Nile Harris
Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"this house is not a home" improvised choreographic happening
Ayo Jackson
Ayo Jackson
Alumni Artpreneur of the Year
Multidisciplinary artist and artist-activist(opens in new tab)
Asia Jones
Asia Jones
Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"Nakita: Legend of the Ancient Ones" animated kids' show
Alex Klein
Alex Avril Klein
Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
Grrrl Gaze Film School, an easily accessible e-learning platform
Gregg Mozgala
Gregg Mozgala
Alumni Artpreneur of the Year
Founder and Artistic Director, The Apothetae
Hannah Myers
Hannah Myers
Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"DADDY" feature documentary
Houston Odum
Houston Odum
Student Artpreneur Grant Recipient
"Passages" by Activate Entertainment, LLC - a storytelling performance
Marina Zurita
Marina Zurita
Student Artpreneur Grant Recipient
"Crossing Borders: Launching Mother Tongue" multidisciplinary performance

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