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 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 Artist as Leader
Bland Simpson

Our Artist as Leader interview series invites artists with diverse careers and experiences to reflect on how the creative process has helped them develop attributes of leadership such as vision, empathy, authenticity, persistence, patience, as well as the ability to listen deeply and to empower others.

Our latest interview is with Bland Simpson, a musician and author whose work often highlights the mysteries, geography and culture of Eastern North Carolina.

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