UNCSA defines an Artpreneur as “an artist who is not defined by what is, but inspired by all that could be; who is business savvy and technologically aware; who is devoted to creating value and impact through their creative practice; who reaches beyond existing disciplines to create new ways to connect with others; who is willing to take creative risks in order to positively transform our world.”
The Artpreneur Grants offer UNCSA graduating students and alumni opportunities to compete for funding for their creative works and enterprises. The Artpreneur of the Year Award is supported by a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
|Graduating Student Artrepreneur Recipients||
Tramaine Raphael Gray, Design & Production
|Alumni Artpreneur Recipients||Jessica McJunkins, Music '09
Olivia Mead, HS Dance '00
Jessica McJunkins' award for creative project will support her work as a cultural equity contractor for artists of color. Olivia Mead's award for creative enterprise will sustain her nonprofit organization, YogaShield Yoga For First Responders (YFFR).
Five members of the class of 2020 are recipients of Student Artpreneur Grants of $2,500 each to support their creative work or creative enterprise: Tramaine Raphael Gray, Miles McKeller-Smith, Mayra Rodas, Lauren Blair Smith and Kayana Waller.