Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts

Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts encourages and supports the exploration and development of new knowledge to transform the way artists, organizations and communities approach their creative challenges.

Through its programs, the Kenan Institute for the Arts is empowering the next generation of artist leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators 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 the University of North Carolina School of the Arts strives to create a safe environment, one that allows people from all walks of life to thrive. Doing so demands that we commit to an explicit and continual process of identifying and dismantling systems and practices of bias, exclusion and oppression. Education and art making can be transformational forces for change and we are working so that change leads toward justice.
 
Learn more about equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB) at UNCSA. 
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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