Artivate 2020

Application Deadline
June 29, 2020
selections made by
Mid-July 2020
summit dates
September 15-16, 2020
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The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) believes it is more important than ever to convene our communities to inspire innovative thinking around the complex challenges of the rapidly changing world. ARTIVATE SUMMIT 2020: Art + Healing is a direct response to the fracturing of communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Originally scheduled to be an in-person event in Winston-Salem, NC, the Institute has decided to convert to a virtual Summit, due to the impact of this global pandemic on large gatherings, arts-related organizational operations, the work and life in creative communities, as well as the prospect for the situation to continue for an uncertain length of time. In a virtual world, important and timely content can be delivered to a broader audience using a donation-based model that simultaneously strengthens, supports and elevates the community we serve.

As part of its Creative Catalyst Initiative, ARTIVATE SUMMIT 2020: Art + Healing will convene thought leaders, creatives, practitioners and students on September 15-16, 2020.  This powerful and transformative practice-based Summit will inspire inquiry around innovative integration of the arts, science, spirituality, and human wellness.  

We seek session proposals that will generate fresh and surprising connections between arts and other disciplines, as well as the wider community, and encourage participant engagement in energizing workshops, interactive arts experiences, networking and mentoring. 


Artivate 2020 will be a practice-based Summit that inspires inquiry around the integration of the arts, science, spirituality and human wellness, with a focus on the following inquiries:

Arts Innovation

How can I adapt my practice and create new knowledge for a changing world? 

Creative Entrepreneurship

In what ways can artists create value in the worlds of health and spirituality?

Artist Leadership

How can artists lead projects or movements to promote community healing?

Other guiding questions:

*Presenters should feel comfortable presenting their work online and must participate in a pre-event briefing, rehearsal and post-presentation “office hours” to allow for participant interaction. 

 ARTIVATE themes*

* In some cases, the Institute can pair creatives with medical experts or researchers to design an interactive experience that has an active and inclusive presentation style. This year’s ARTIVATE may also have opportunities to participate in panel dialogues (TBD).

Examples of practice areas Artivate Summit 2020 is interested in elevating:


All sessions must avoid commercial bias. Any submission that is not neutral and or unbiased and not free of commercial motive/intent will not be accepted.


Because adult learners often prefer to engage in self-directed learning, Artivate sessions should encourage participants to take an active role in the creation of priorities and learning objectives in one of the three formats:


artivate session Proposal