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Sept. 20, 2012/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu


WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will hold its annual Family Weekend this weekend, Sept. 21-23.

The school is expecting parents, grandparents and extended family members of students to participate in a series of events hosted by each of the five arts schools (Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Filmmaking, and Music) and the Visual Arts Program.

Family Weekend allows the families of UNCSA's students to experience the campus and discover unique offerings from across the campus and between arts schools.

As compared to previous years, this year's Family Weekend will be a more informal event, with the individual arts schools hosting informational and fun opportunities throughout the weekend

"We are moving away from an overall schedule," said Dean of Students Ward Caldwell. "We're encouraging both involvement in their student's specific arts school, but also encouraging parents and guardians to venture out to the other arts schools' offerings as well."

Family Weekend will include greetings from the arts deans, faculty and student panel discussions, and opportunities to sit in on classes and rehearsals. Most of the activities are on Saturday; however, there are events on Friday and Sunday also. Full Family Weekend schedules are available at http://www.uncsa.edu/parents/familyweekend.htm.

Students on Campus

Photo by Donald Dietz

As America's first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem ("The City of Arts and Innovation") in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. World-renowned conductor and educator John Mauceri became Chancellor of UNCSA in 2006. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.