For over 30 years, the Kenan Institute for the Arts has been committed to promoting creative leadership and innovation in the arts through partnerships, programs and initiatives. The following list of programs and projects represent our history in exploring exciting trends, connecting with innovative arts leaders and positively impacting the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts.
A+ School Program
Arts Enterprise Lab
The Kenan Institute for the Arts and the Center for Creative Economy partnered on the Arts Enterprise Lab to encourage the creative community to collaborate and develop and grow their ideas. Training and strategic coaching sessions conducted at the Creative Community Lab encouraged, mentored and developed creative enterprises. This work helped outline the pathways necessary for business development, customer identification, revenue growth, finance and marketing.
The Kenan Institute for the Arts led the development of the Chancellor’s Artpreneur Initiative (2017-2022), part of a shared strategic initiative of UNCSA and the Kenan Institute to catalyze arts-based community and economic development. Each year, Artpreneur of the Year Awards were given to two UNCSA alumni in support of a creative project or enterprise and Student Artpreneur Grants were awarded to graduating students to support their creative work or enterprise.
The Creative Catalyst Artivate Summit (2019-2021) was an arts-infused experience that connected artists with a vibrant and diverse community of creative leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who contribute their creative ideas, visionary leadership and novel strategies to strengthen our culture and improve the economic and social well-being of their communities.
BREATHE Faculty Professional Development at UNCSA
Community Innovation Labs
The Kenan Institute for the Arts, in partnership with The Winston-Salem Foundation and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, convened the first Community Innovation Lab in the nation in 2015.
The Lab brought together a coalition of 40 city officials, business and faith leaders, artists, academics, low-wage workers and others, who sought to address formidable local disparities using a change process deeply informed by artists and artistic practices.
The framework for the labs was developed by EmcArts of New York City with funding from the Kresge Foundation as an innovative response to complex social challenges across the United States.
Conservatory Leadership Conference
Creative Catalyst Certificate
Creative Community Lab
Educational Outreach and Summer Programs
Dance Collaborations: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Dialogues: Conversations with Guest Artists
Directors Program at UNC-TV
Happy Hill Partnership
Kenan Arts Research Fellows
Kenan Writers' Encounters
Lincoln Center Institute International Educator Workshop
LINKS Commissioning Project
Magnolia Baroque Festival
A Music National Service Initiative that provided outreach opportunities for UNCSA students to take part in community-based public service projects, serving as teachers and mentors in low-performing public schools, youth centers, hospitals, and other high-need community settings.
Oklahoma! Web Series
An 8-episode web series documenting the history of Oklahoma!, alongside UNCSA's 2011 production of this landmark work in the American musical theatre repertoire.
Open Dream Ensemble
A professional outreach program which brought the power of original live performances that integrated theater, dance and music to K-8 students across the southeast.
Wayne McGregor/Random Dance brought the choreographic teaching tools of the multi-award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor to UNCSA. One hundred School of Dance students participated in the project and co-created choreography for the UNCSA Winter Dance Program.
Teaching and Learning Center at UNCSA
Working closely with the UNCSA Provost's Office, the Teaching and Learning Center was created to advance and enhance the work of UNCSA's world-class faculty with a focus on supporting engaged teaching, creative activity and research, while providing a structure for collaborative efforts between faculty members in sharing their learning experiences and research methods within different departments.
UNCSA Southeastern Regional Entertainment Technology Conference
A conference in collaboration with the UNCSA School of Design and Production, featuring Cirque du Soleil's Resident Shows Division and their business partners with demonstrations of Cirque's cutting-edge automation techniques, rigging, show operations, digital projection, wardrobe/wig/makeup and audio system.