UNCSA and Kenan Institute for the Arts open Creative CoWorks, a space for creative innovators
UNCSA and the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts announce the opening of Creative CoWorks, a satellite campus located in the Don Flow Building at 500 West Fifth St. that will be dedicated to encouraging creative entrepreneurship in the UNCSA student-body and local community. The space opened following a private reception with tours on Monday.
The newly upfitted space offers programmatic facilities, classrooms and “blue sky” meeting space for the Kenan Institute and UNCSA, as well as invited community members and partner organizations.
“As a place where professional and student artists can gather, collaborate and workshop ideas, Creative CoWorks will raise the profile of the local creative sector, a population crucial to Winston-Salem’s transition from a tobacco and textile capital into the City of Arts and Innovation,” said Corey Madden, Executive Director of the Kenan Institute for the Arts.
The building’s owner, Don Flow, has devoted its third floor to entrepreneurship in education and has made a three-year commitment to provide a customized space and other in-kind support to five local colleges and universities – including UNCSA through its collaboration with the Kenan Institute.
“UNCSA is pleased to be a part of this innovative new space downtown,” said UNCSA Interim Chancellor Brian Cole. “Creative CoWorks offers our students the opportunity for multi-disciplinary collaboration with other local universities, underscoring UNCSA’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship in the arts and beyond.”
Among its many uses, CoWorks will offer classrooms for UNCSA courses and the Kenan Institute's Creative Catalyst Certificate program, providing students with a beneficial off-campus experience and proximity to peers from other schools, local colleges and universities. The arrangement will promote shared learning between institutions, mirroring the collaboration between UNCSA and the Kenan Institute in the area of creative entrepreneurship.
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