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 new five-year strategic plan, Creative Catalyst Initiative, the Institute will empower the next generation of artist leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators; enhance creative placemaking near the UNCSA campus; and engage 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.
“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist; we must be anti-racist.”
– Angela Davis
Black Lives Matter.
Folk musician Abigail Washburn discusses cross-cultural collaboration, her love of the banjo and Chinese culture and the transition from studying law to becoming a musician.
Cliff Notez, artist, musician, filmmaker and co-founder of media production company HipStory, talks about the role of honesty in his artistic journey and pop icons who remain his leadership inspirations.
Poet Nikki Giovanni and Chris Wells, founding artistic director of The Secret City, will be the keynote speakers for the Kenan Institute's Artivate Summit 2020 in September.
The Kenan Institute's Artivate 2020 Summit, with a theme of Art + Healing, will be held virtually this year on September 15 and 16. Registration for the virtual Summit opens July 13.
For Latesha Smith, engaging in an 18-month Fellowship with Spoleto Festival USA, coupled with the Creative Catalyst Certificate program, is all about the pivot. The program has helped invigorate her career, deepen her talents and explore new skills.