Creative Catalyst Initiative

Creative Catalyst Initiative

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 themesCreative 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.

Artivate Summit
The Creative Catalyst Artivate Summit brings together artist leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the country to share knowledge, build and expend networks and strengthen creative communities through conversations and dialogue, hands-on workshops and opportunities for community engagement.
And So We Walked

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.

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Certificate Program

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.

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 and others.

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Creative CoWorks
Creative CoWorks is a satellite UNCSA campus located in the Don Flow Building at 500 West Fifth Street in Winston-Salem dedicated to encouraging creative entrepreneurship in the UNCSA student-body and local community. 

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Creative Placemaking
The Kenan Institute is working with UNCSA administration and community partners to create and implement a vision for university-owned property around the perimeter of campus.

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Faculty Enrichment Grants
These small grants support the efforts of UNCSA faculty to augment student learning by subsidizing ticket and transportation costs to attend off-campus performances, exhibits and screenings.

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Faculty Leadership Grants

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.

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Fellowship Program
Competitive, paid Creative Catalyst Fellowships with Kenan Institute partner institutions are awarded each year to a diverse group of emerging artist leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. Fellowships provide practical experience and include admission to the Creative Catalyst Certificate Program.

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Happy Hill Partnership

The Kenan Institute for the Arts and UNCSA 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.

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