Engaging the power of artists to improve the human condition.
Artists help build vibrant creative communities through their work, ideas and leadership.
The Kenan Institute for the Arts is committed to empower and expand the influence of artists
leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators by providing them access to space, training,
networking, mentoring and material supports.
Creative Community Lab
The Creative Community Lab is a 2500-square-foot leased space in the historic Railroad
Building on South Liberty Street. This innovative facility offers programmatic, office
and "blue sky" meeting space for Kenan fellows, guest artists, partner organizations
The Arts Enterprise Lab is a partnership between the Kenan Institute for the Arts
and the Center for Creative Economy that encourages our creative community to collaborate
and develop and grow their ideas. The Lab provides creative entrepreneurs with training
and coaching sessions that target business and product development.
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.