Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts

Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts

The Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNC School of the Arts is a catalyst that encourages and supports the exploration and development of new knowledge to transform the way artists, organizations and communities approach their creative challenges.

Through its Creative Catalyst Initiative strategic plan, the Institute is empowering the next generation of artist leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators; enhancing creative placemaking near the UNCSA campus; and engaging the creative community across the region to increase access, equity and inclusion across the sector. 

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNC School of the Arts remains unwavering in our commitment to convening, amplifying and supporting the work of black artists, and pledge to find new ways to make the invisible seen and the silenced heard. 

 β€œIn a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist; we must be anti-racist.” 
– Angela Davis

Black Lives Matter. 

Upcoming Events: Artivate360
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Register today for Artivate360, a FREE, online peer-to-peer interview and webinar series that highlights UNCSA alumni who have built successful businesses and impactful educational campaigns on issues including food and wellness, body positivity, environmental conservation and climate change. Registration for each session is required

Practicing Self-Care | October 18-19
Arts + Activism | November 15-16

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Kevin Bitterman, Executive Director
Kevin Bitterman

Theater professional and arts administrator Kevin Bitterman joined the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts as Executive Director in August 2021, bringing to the organization more than 18 years of experience as a national leader in the nonprofit arts arena. Prior to this role, Bitterman has had success as a program director, fundraiser, producer, grant maker and community leader, most recently serving as director of institutional advancement and partnerships for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).

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