The Kenan Institute for the Arts strengthens our creative community by acting as a
catalyst for innovative ideas, developing strategic partnerships and building artists’
capacity to generate, lead and sustain their work. Our programmatic work is focused
in three strategic directions: Creative Leaders, Creative Campus, and Creative Community.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.