Artists are trained to defy expectations through their art works and—even more powerfully—through their creative perspectives.
Over the past 25 years, the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts has contributed to the positive impact of artists by supporting their innovative work within creative fields and in the broader contexts of education reform as well as community and economic development. It is vital to continue to invest in the next generation of artist leaders to help them respond to the complex challenges and emerging opportunities of our time.
The Institute’s Creative Catalyst Initiative is a five-year strategic plan that creatively blends the arts, enterprise and innovation to positively impact the lives and careers of arts school graduates across the Southeast. Each of its three programmatic themes—Creative Leaders, Creative Campus and Creative Community—features programs and projects that provide extraordinary training and access for artists to develop and achieve their highest potential.
The Creative Catalyst Certificate program offers a cost-effective, flexible and innovative continuing education experience that allows artists of all disciplines to translate their intrinsic skills and creative practices into new experiences and professional opportunities. Public cohorts begin in January 2020.
The Kenan Institute for the Arts, along with the UNCSA School of Dance, work in partnership with the Happy Hill Neighborhood Association to present Happy Hill Arts, a place-based arts and cultural initiative in a historically African American community that neighbors the University.
These grants give UNCSA faculty extraordinary opportunities to explore new approaches to creative learning challenges; impact student learning outcomes; foster the capacity of faculty to lead; engage diverse stakeholders; and produce creative ideas, analysis, strategies and initiatives for further study or implementation. Grants are used to develop and implement innovative ideas that advance creative learning on campus and beyond.
Kenan Arts Research Fellows are innovative research-based artist residency programs that support teaching and learning in arts entrepreneurship and social enterprise at the UNC School of the Arts.
Cherokee actress and writer DeLanna Studi dreamed of one day following the footsteps her ancestors were forced to travel along The Trail of Tears and then finding a way to share their tragic yet triumphant legacy with audiences around the country.