Demonstrating the value and impact of the arts in society.
Artists help build vibrant communities through their work, their ideas and their leadership.
The Kenan Institute focuses resources toward local and regional projects with national
impact that empower and engage artists and the wider creative sector in addressing
issues such as equity and diversity, urban and economic development, and civic engagement.
Happy Hill Partnership
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.
Community Innovation Labs are a new approach that equips local communities to address tough social challenges by bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders, and deeply integrating artists and artistic practice into rigorously designed and facilitated change processes.
LEAP (Leveraging Arts Enterprise and Placemaking in Economic Development) is a multi-year project to leverage university, community and arts-based resources to transform our community through arts enterprise, creative placemaking and arts-focused economic 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.