Carolina Performing Arts drives community collaboration, artistic creation with grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Carolina Performing Arts drives community collaboration, artistic creation with grant from
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— July 13, 2018) – A $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will fund a new initiative for community co-creation. As the largest grant Mellon has invested in Carolina Performing Arts to date, this funding makes a transformative vision of community engagement possible: collaborative creation in the arts that is informed by faculty research and driven by students.

 

The Creative Futures initiative will feature a series of multi-year artistic projects that engage artists, communities, faculty and students in co-creative partnerships. These partnerships will empower communities to express their creativity and channel relevant issues. Creative Futures will enrich university teaching and learning as Carolina Performing Arts pioneers a new model for commissioning art.

 

“The ideas outlined in this grant are the distillation of a philosophical shift at our organization, affirming the idea that joining the arts, scholarship and community can be a driver of powerful change,” said Emil Kang, Carolina Performing Arts executive and artistic director. “We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for this partnership in helping us continue to imagine new goals and realize them.”

 

Four artists, versed in artistic collaboration and social practice, will be selected as Creative Futures team organizers. Artists will work with faculty engaged in community-based research and local partners to identify relevant issues. Faculty and students complete the creative triangles by adding scholarship, learning and co-curricular partnerships. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to earn service-learning course credit during their involvement with Creative Futures. The co-creative teams will explore diverse themes drawn from the communities such as gentrification, free speech, women’s empowerment and community health.

 

“While the projects that grow out of these collaborations might not all be performance-based, they will all be participatory, collaborative and community-based,” said Kang.

 

The grant also includes funding for graduate assistants, a project director and undergraduate experiences stemming from the initiative. The CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, which opened in February 2018, will serve as the artistic and community home for Creative Futures.

 

“The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is pleased to support Carolina Performing Arts’ visionary approach,” said Mellon Foundation Senior Program Officer Dianne Harris. “With this experiment in co-creation, Carolina Performing Arts will empower communities through opportunities for collective self-expression, enrich faculty research and teaching, deepen undergraduate investment in local communities, create bridges between the campus and its surrounding community, and test a new working prototype for creative and performing artists.”

 

Since 2011, the Mellon Foundation has invested $4.69 million in Carolina Performing Arts. In 2012, the Mellon Foundation funded Carolina Performing Arts’ Arts@TheCore initiative to make the arts an integral part of the educational experience. In 2016, the Mellon Foundation granted $1 million for the DisTIL, Discovery Through Iterative Learning, Fellowship program creating opportunities for visiting artists to collaborate with Carolina faculty and community over multiple semesters.

 

Carolina Performing Arts is one of the campuswide partners in the University’s Arts Everywhere initiative. With the belief that the arts are an essential tool for learning and engaging communities, the Arts Everywhere initiative launched in 2016 with a mission to embed the arts into daily life at Carolina. Arts Everywhere is also a Signature Initiative of the University’s historic $4.25 billion fundraising campaign, For All Kind: the Campaign for Carolina.

 

Information about participating artists and the call for community involvement in Creative Futures is expected to be announced in spring of 2019.

-Carolina-

 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 323,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 149 countries. More than 169,000 live in North Carolina.

 

About Carolina Performing Arts

The core of the mission at Carolina Performing Arts is to curate and present exceptional arts experiences that inspire and provoke our local and global community. Carolina Performing Arts nurtures artists and the development of new works. It challenges and inspires audiences with experiences to foster opportunities for discovery, thought and important social discourse. Carolina Performing Arts solidifies the bonds between the arts and academics through work that integrates the arts into the life of the University and its students.

 

University Communications: Carly Miller, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

Carolina Performing Arts: Christina Rodriguez, (919) 962-6222, crodrig@unc.edu

University Development Marketing: Kim Elenez, (919) 962-1628, kelenez@unc.edu

Unparalleled mosaics discovered by UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist and team provide new clues on life in an ancient Galilean Jewish village

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Unparalleled mosaics discovered by UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist and team provide new clues on life in an ancient Galilean Jewish village

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— July 9, 2018) — Recent discoveries by a team of specialists and students at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee, led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Jodi Magness, shed new light on the life and culture of an ancient Jewish village. The discoveries indicate villagers flourished under early fifth century Christian rule, contradicting a widespread view that Jewish settlement in the region declined during that period. The large size and elaborate interior decoration of the Huqoq synagogue point to an unexpected level of prosperity.

 

“The mosaics decorating the floor of the Huqoq synagogue revolutionize our understanding of Judaism in this period,” said Magness. “Ancient Jewish art is often thought to be aniconic, or lacking images. But these mosaics, colorful and filled with figured scenes, attest to a rich visual culture as well as to the dynamism and diversity of Judaism in the Late Roman and Byzantine periods.”

 

The first mosaics in the Huqoq synagogue were discovered by Magness’ team in 2012. Since then, Magness, director of the Huqoq excavations and Kenan Distinguished Professor of Early Judaism in the department of religious studies in Carolina’s College of Arts & Sciences, assisted by Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University have uncovered additional mosaics every summer. This year, the team’s specialists and students focused their efforts on a series of mosaic panels in the north aisle. Magness said this series is part of the richest, most diverse collection of mosaics ever found in an ancient synagogue.

 

Along the north aisle, mosaics are divided into two rows of panels containing figures and objects with Hebrew inscriptions. One panel labeled “a pole between two” depicts a biblical scene from Numbers 13:23. The images show two spies sent by Moses to explore Canaan carrying a pole with a cluster of grapes. Another panel referencing Isaiah 11:6 includes the inscription “a small child shall lead them.” The panel shows a youth leading an animal on a rope. A fragmentary Hebrew inscription concluding with the phrase “Amen selah,” meaning “Amen forever,” was uncovered at the north end of the east aisle.

 

During this eighth dig, the team also continued to expose a rare discovery in ancient synagogues: columns covered in colorful, painted plaster still intact after nearly 1,600 years.

 

The mosaics have been removed from the site for conservation and the excavated areas have been backfilled. Excavations are scheduled to continue in the summer of 2019. Additional information and updates can be found at the project’s website: www.huqoq.org.

 

Mosaics uncovered by this project include:

  • 2012: Samson and the foxes
  • 2013: Samson carrying the gate of Gaza on his shoulders
  • 2013, 2014 and 2015: a Hebrew inscription surrounded by human figures, animals and mythological creatures including cupids; and the first non-biblical story ever found decorating an ancient synagogue — perhaps the legendary meeting between Alexander the Great and the Jewish high priest
  • 2016: Noah’s Ark; the parting of the Red Sea showing Pharaoh’s soldiers being swallowed by giant fish
  • 2017: a Helios-zodiac cycle; Jonah being swallowed by three successive fish; the building of the Tower of Babel

 

An image of the most recent discovery, images from past digs and video from this summer’s excavation may be downloaded here using password huqoq.

 

Photo/Video credit: Jim Haberman.

 

Sponsors of the project include UNC-Chapel Hill, Baylor University, Brigham Young University and the University of Toronto. Students and staff from Carolina and the consortium schools participated in the dig. Financial support for the 2018 season was also provided by the Friends of Heritage Preservation, the National Geographic Society, the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

 

-Carolina-

 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 323,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 149 countries. More than 169,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications: Carly Miller, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093, spurrk@email.unc.edu

 

Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill hosts “The Outwin: American Portraiture Today”     

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Amy Sherald, American, born 1973: Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance), 2013. Oil on canvas, 54 x 43-1/8 in., 2013. Frances and Burton Reifler © Amy Sherald.

Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill hosts
“The Outwin: American Portraiture Today”   

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— May 31, 2018) – The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host “The Outwin: American Portraiture Today” on view from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery from June 1 through Aug. 26. The Ackland is the fourth and final stop and is the only Southeast location chosen to host the exhibition. A preview of the exhibition can be seen here.The selected finalists for the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition finalists included in “The Outwin: American Portraiture Today” present a turning point in the advancement of American contemporary portraiture.

 

First-prize winner of the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Amy Sherald became the first woman to win the competition for her oil on canvas titled “Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance)” (2013). Former first lady Michelle Obama selected Sherald to create her official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, revealed in February 2018. Sherald and Moss will also participate in a public discussion on June 1 at 6:30 p.m. about modern portraiture in the age of the selfie and digitized personhood.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome “The Outwin” as the Museum’s major summer exhibition,” said Katie Ziglar, director of the Ackland Art Museum. “From the breadth of artistic medium to the diverse representations of participants and their subjects, this show reflects the Ackland’s commitment to providing experiences that spark insight into ourselves, each other, and the world.”

 

“The Outwin” is the latest art experience offered by the Ackland, a partner in the university’s Arts Everywhere initiative, which strives to make art accessible to the campus and wider community. Arts Everywhere is a signature initiative of the University’s $4.25 billion fundraising campaign, the Campaign for Carolina. Since January 2017 the Ackland has secured gifts valued at $69.2 million, including several Rembrandt drawings, paintings and prints by Joan Mitchell and a 1971 oil and charcoal on paper by Willem de Kooning. These gifts, among others, increased the Ackland’s growth by more than 500 percent over the prior four years, bolstering the museum’s position as the preeminent public university art museum in the country.

 

The Outwin: American Portraiture Today

Open June 1 – August 26, 2018

Ackland Art Museum

101 South Columbia St.

Chapel Hill, N.C.

 

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. More information is available at ackland.org.

 

Discussion with artist Amy Sherald

Friday, June 1, 6:30 p.m.

Artist Amy Sherald and curator Dorothy Moss will host a public discussion

Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

150 South Road

Chapel Hill, N.C.

 

This exhibition has been organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. The competition and exhibition have been made possible by generous support from the Virginia Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Endowment.

 

The Ackland presentation of this exhibition has been made possible by generous support from The Caldwell Family Fund for the Ackland Art Museum, The Seymour and Carol Levin Foundation, and Cathy and Hunter Allen.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 323,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 149 countries. More than 169,000 live in North Carolina.

 

About the Ackland Art Museum

Featuring a year-round calendar of special exhibitions and dynamic public programs, the Ackland Art Museum on UNC-Chapel Hill’s historic campus is a local museum with a global outlook that bridges campus and community. Admission to the Ackland is free and accessible to all. The Ackland’s holdings include more than 18,000 works of art. The collection spans all cultures and time periods, showcasing the breadth of human creativity. A vital teaching resource, the museum’s mission is the art of understanding. Visitors can connect with the complexity and beauty of the wider world by getting close to art – the familiar, the unexpected, the challenging. The Ackland Art Museum is located at 101 South Columbia St. on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The museum is open until 9 p.m. for Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. More information is available at ackland.org.

 

University Communications: Carly Miller, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

Ackland Art Museum: Audrey Shore, (919) 843-3676, audrey.shore@unc.edu

 

Image: Amy Sherald, American, born 1973: Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance), 2013. Oil on canvas, 54 x 43-1/8 in., 2013. Frances and Burton Reifler © Amy Sherald.

 

Carolina Performing Arts announces 2018-2019 Season

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Carolina Performing Arts announces 2018-2019 Season

Nearly 40 performances and immersive installations in multiple venues explore

community, co-creation and citizenship

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— May 24, 2018) – Cutting-edge performances and interactive art from across the world find a home at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during Carolina Performing Arts’ 14th season. The season’s theme, “You Are Everything,” combines new works, returning artists, plastic bags formed into grocery items, an Arabic language town hall and more for a dynamic season of connection and collaboration. In addition to performances slated for Memorial Hall and Moeser Auditorium, CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio will also host its first full season of installations and immersive art experiences.

The upcoming season at CPA explores how a community of strangers formed during performance can move beyond the theater walls and how questions asked and answered during a performance can propel social change. The 2018-2019 season at CPA offers opportunities to engage with visiting artists, promote engaged citizenship and collaborate with local creative partners.

 

“Now in our 14th year, we are a very different program from when we began,” said Emil Kang, CPA’s Executive and Artistic Director. “With the opening of CURRENT, we’ve witnessed powerful connections inspired by immersive and collaborative arts experiences taking place there. Our new season features themes of community and co-creation because we want to change, fundamentally, the nature of our relationship with everyone who comes through our doors—no matter the venue.”

 

CPA’s first event of the season is “Stories on Citizenship,” a public meal and gathering at CURRENT on Sept. 8. The flexible art space opened in February 2018 to break down barriers and foster a community connection through art. Members of the Carolina and Chapel Hill communities are invited to share a meal as local non-profit organizations use storytelling, song and more to convey how a sense of belonging and connection weave into their work. For more details on the event and RSVP information, visit currentunc.org/whats-on/.

 

“In this moment, many people are moved in new and urgent ways to explore their own civic responsibility,” said Amy Russell, director of programming. “At CPA, we believe that artists can be expert citizens engaging our own creativity and compassion and leading us to imagine new and better futures for everyone.”

 

On Sept. 14, CPA’s performance season kicks off with a public block party and two performances at different venues. Robin Frohardt’s “Plastic Bag Store” installation, created with plastic products collected from the community, will open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at CURRENT. No tickets are required for visitors to enjoy live music, interactive activities, a voter registration drive and local food trucks in the early evening on Memorial Hall’s front portico. At 8 p.m. Neko Case (with opener Thao of the Get Down Stay Down) will perform at Memorial Hall for ticketholders. For more information on purchasing tickets and other opportunities to experience “Plastic Bag Store,” visit carolinaperformingarts.org.

 

Other upcoming highlights of the 2018-2019 CPA season include:

  • Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef hosting an Arabic language town hall after his performance of “The Joke is Mightier than the Sword.”
  • Toshi Reagon, singer/songwriter and CPA Mellon Foundation DisTIL Fellow, brings together faculty, students, artists and Triangle collaborators in addition to a performance with her band BIGLovely.
  • The new music collective wild Up will perform “Future Folk” in Moeser Auditorium and then embark on a short residency during which they will create a piece of new music with students and community members. The piece will premiere at “We the People,” presented at CURRENT at the end of the week.
  • Interactive performances by DJ Kid Koala: one, an experience where participants become part of a turntable orchestra conducted by Kid Koala, and the other, a lively celebration where children create robot costumes and hit the dance floor as Kid Koala spins tracks for them.
  • DisTIL Fellow for 2018-20 Abigail Washburn will perform with husband and fellow banjo player Béla Fleck in an exploration of storytelling, song and performance.
  • Performers returning to CPA through the season include Branford Marsalis, Carrie Mae Weems, Buddy Guy, Dorrance Dance, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Steep Canyon Rangers, Brooklyn Rider, Mitsuko Uchida (performing with Mahler Chamber Orchestra), Batsheva Dance Company, Youssou N’Dour, and others.

 

Single tickets and new subscription packages for the general public are available on June 13, 2018. Ticket sales for 2017-18 subscribers, UNC staff/faculty and students begin June 6. UNC students are eligible for $10 tickets to all CPA performances (including CURRENT). Staff/faculty receive a fifteen percent discount on tickets and an additional five percent discount on subscriptions. For full performance listing, event details, pricing and venue information visit carolinaperformingarts.org.

 

-Carolina-

 

About Carolina Performing Arts

The core of the mission at Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) is to curate and present exceptional arts experiences that inspire and provoke our community — from UNC to across the globe. Therefore, we nurture artists and the development of new works; challenge and inspire our audiences with experiences that foster opportunities for discovery, thought and important social discourse; and solidify the bonds between the arts and academics through work that integrates the arts into the life of the University and its students.

 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 323,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 149 countries. More than 169,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications contact: Carly Miller, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

Carolina Performing Arts contact: Christina Rodriguez, (919) 962-6222, crodrig@unc.edu

 

PlayMakers Repertory Company Announces 2018-2019 Season

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PlayMakers Repertory Company Announces 2018-2019 Season
New season marks 100 years of playmaking at UNC-Chapel Hill with a Pulitzer prize winner, several world and regional premieres and a cosmic musical tribute

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 1, 2018) – A merry romp through Sherwood Forest, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a high-stakes power play between working class and big business, a world premiere of depth and delicacy, the search for truth in the stars and one of the most romantic musicals of all time make up the Mainstage lineup of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2018-2019 season: “Shifting Ground – Theatre that Moves.”

 

The 2018-2019 Mainstage season delves into the reverberations caused by choice. Each of the six plays explores the power individuals wield to shape and shift everything– from our most intimate relationships, our memories and the institutions around us, to the broadest strokes of science, history and ultimately truth.

 

“In selecting this next season at PlayMakers, I wanted to take up the charge of using theater to provoke, represent and entertain our audiences and artists alike,” said Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch. “Our 2018-2019 lineup is all about shifting ground – how power dynamics constantly realign and the ways in which we reclaim or rewrite the narratives of our lives. From the brilliant reach of Brecht to the intimacy of Paula Vogel, the rigor of Dominique Morrisseau and the touching poignancy of emerging playwright Charly Simpson, we have chosen a season of great plays that I hope will move us in every sense of the word.”

 

PlayMakers will also present three works in the PRC2 Kenan Stage season, complementing the Mainstage themes and adding new work and conversation to the PlayMakers experience.

 

The 2018-2019 PlayMakers season marks the 100th anniversary of the playmaking tradition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1918, a traveling troupe of University and local artists performed, calling themselves Carolina PlayMakers. The troupe took their final bow in 1976, and PlayMakers launched as a professional regional theater. In its 40-year history, PlayMakers has produced more than 300 productions, served nearly 50,000 audience members each year and reached more than 125,000 area youth through award-winning educational programs.

 

Subscription packages are available for purchase now and renewing subscribers can secure their current seats for the new season through May 1. Call (919) 962-7529 or visit PlayMakers’ website for more information.

 

Mainstage productions:

“Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” by Ken Ludwig, Sept. 12–30, 2018
The season opens with the regional premiere of a swashbuckling new comedy about that iconic hero of the people who learns that sometimes doing “the wrong thing” ends up being the right thing after all. Ken Ludwig’s “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” is family fare that promises music, merry men, Maid Marian and much merriment.

 

“Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morisseau, Oct. 10–28, 2018
The third in acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit Trilogy, “Skeleton Crew” is a searing drama about a tight knit group of employees facing the realities of big business bureaucracy in one of Detroit’s last-standing auto plants during the 2008 recession. As the power dynamics shift between blue- and white-collar workers, how far over the lines is each side willing to go to survive? “Skeleton Crew” has been described as “the best play you’ll see this year” (Detroit Free Press).

 

“She Loves Me” book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Nov. 1 –Dec. 2, 2018
Hum your way into the holidays! In this romantic musical comedy of mistaken identity, two perfume clerks who aren’t at all the best of friends can’t seem to find common ground – until they realize they are each other’s anonymous pen pals. Inspiration for the classic movie, “You’ve Got Mail,” this holiday event for the whole family has been called “the most romantic of all Broadway musicals” (The Wall Street Journal).

 

“Jump” by Charly Evon Simpson, Jan. 23–Feb. 10, 2019
This funny, heartbreaking and tender play takes us on a journey where lights flicker, things fall from the sky, and a sister finds solace on a bridge. PlayMakers is proud to present the world premiere of this work by emerging playwright Charly Evon Simpson.

 

“Life of Galileo” by Bertholt Brecht , Feb. 27–March 17, 2019
Brecht’s renowned drama explores the life of 17th century scientist Galileo Galilei, the ultimate groundshifter who upended not just the world’s view of our solar system, but our place in it. Political dogma, scienceand survival, still at the forefront of our cultural dialogue four centuries later, asks what price are we willing to pay for the truth? Featuring original music by Justin Ellington and directed by PlayMakers’ Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch.

 

“How I Learned to Drive” by Paula Vogel, April 3–21, 2019
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this wildly funny and compassionate play travels across one woman’s adolescent memories and the complicated roads she was forced to navigate in a relationship with an older man. “How I Learned to Drive” has been called “a lovely, harrowing guide to the crippling persistence of one woman’s memories” (The New York Times).

 

PRC2 Kenan Stage productions for  2018-2019:

“Temples of Lung & Air” by Kane Smego, Aug. 22 –26, 2018
International hip-hop artist, groundbreaking educator and UNC graduate Kane Smego premieres his electric, personal spoken word odyssey and ode to hip-hop as a global tool for community building.

 

“Bewilderness” by Zachary Fine, Jan. 9–13, 2019
Few realize that Henry David Thoreau wrote a flop of epic proportions before he penned his American Masterpiece, Walden. This new work is a comedic look at one of America’s greatest philosophers and a celebration of the failures we all must face along the road to our greatest discoveries.

 

TBA: April 24–28, 2019

All performances will be presented in the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art on the UNC– Chapel Hill campus. Mainstage productions will be in the Paul Green Theatre; PRC2 shows will be in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre.

 

For information about PlayMakers’ 2018-2019 season, visit www.playmakersrep.org or call (919) 962-7529.

 

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About PlayMakers
PlayMakers is the professional theater in residence in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina’s premier resident theater company for more than 40 years. The theater company produces relevant and courageous work that tells stories from and for a multiplicity of perspectives and creates transformational impact in its immediate and extended communities. PlayMakers has been named one of the “best regional theatres in America.”

 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

PlayMakers contact: Diana Pineda, (919) 962-7114, dmpineda@email.unc.edu
University Communications contact: Carly Swain, (919) 962-7090, mediarelations@unc.edu

 

Carolina Performing Arts opens CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio

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Carolina Performing Arts opens CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio

Immersive art space will open to the public Feb. 2

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Jan. 31, 2018) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Performing Arts will open the new CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio on Friday, Feb. 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. followed by a community open house.

 

CURRENT, located in the new Carolina Square, is designed to break down barriers and innovate art through interactive installations, immersive experiences and pushing performance past the stage and into the audience. CURRENT’s footprint in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill will foster a connection between campus and community through art. The nearly 7,000 square foot space is divided into two areas: the ArtSpace, is the main performance space designed to engage audiences with intimate and immersive artistic experiences, and the Studio, designed to be a multi-purpose rehearsal, event and performance space with windows on three sides.

 

The opening of CURRENT is the next step toward Carolina’s goal to lead the transformation of a 21st-century liberal arts education.  In 2016, Chancellor Carol L. Folt launched the Arts Everywhere initiative with the belief that the arts are an essential tool for learning and engaging communities.

 

To celebrate the opening, CURRENT will host a free community open house on Feb. 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m. Ticketed events also begin Feb. 2, and tickets can be purchased at www.carolinaperforming arts.org.

 

Prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., Amy Russell, Director of Programming for Carolina Performing Arts, will lead a media b-roll tour of the interactive Sound Maze installation. The installation will also be available to media following the speaking program, during the community open houses. Sound Maze is a hands-on art experience featuring more than a dozen giant musical instruments invented by Paul Dresher, who has been lauded by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “musical Thomas Edison.” Visitors of all ages and abilities are invited to wander through and discover new ways of creating sound with these fantastical instruments.

 

Live-shot space will be available immediately outside of CURRENT following the speaking program for those wishing to remain for their noon programming.

 

Opening of CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio

Friday, Feb. 2

Media tour at 10:30 a.m., speaking program at 11 a.m.

CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio

123 W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill, N.C.

 

Speakers: Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Emil Kang (Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts), Scott Maitland (Chairman, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership).

 

Media parking:

Directions: Coming from East Franklin Street, continue onto West Franklin Street and turn left before the Target Store into Carolina Square. Make an immediate left.  The event space is labeled 123 W. Franklin St.  The parking deck is straight ahead.

  • Live trucks may park in reserved spaces along the curb in front of CURRENT for easy live-shot access following the event.
  • News vehicles may park free of charge in the deck attached to the CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio.

 

Media rsvp: Carly Swain, (704) 305-1838.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

 

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Arts Everywhere initiative launches free app to connect community with the arts on campus

The Arts Everywhere App launch coincides with an exciting, week-long residency with the innovative Dorrance Dance company

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Jan. 22, 2018) – Today, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Arts Everywhere initiative launched a new mobile app that will serve as a one-stop shop to connect the campus and the wider community to art experiences happening at the University.

 

With the belief that the arts are an essential tool for learning and engaging communities, Chancellor Carol L. Folt launched Arts Everywhere in 2016. This groundbreaking campus-wide initiative invests in sustained creative practice, live arts experiences and arts learning, with the goal of making Carolina a leader in transforming the 21st-century liberal arts education.

 

Arts Everywhere is a strategic initiative that supports the Innovation Made Fundamental pillar of The Blueprint for Next framework and also a signature initiative in the University’s $4.25 billion fundraising effort, the Campaign for Carolina.

 

“The Arts Everywhere app is our next step forward as we highlight the importance of the arts to Carolina’s core teaching, research and service missions,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “We are committed to making our arts initiatives, departments and programs even more visible, and to supporting them as they continue to inspire innovation, discussion and reflection about creativity and the world.”

 

The Arts Everywhere app, now available to download for iPhone and Android, allows users to find out about all UNC-Chapel Hill arts events in one place. The app is one of the most comprehensive university arts app and provide users with custom recommendations based on their interests. The app makes it easy to find out what is trending in the arts across campus, invite friends to events and explore new artists.

 

“Art is not only something you see, art is something you can do, you can experience and something you can share,” said Emil Kang, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts. “It fosters a discussion and a connection with people around you. This app is designed to strengthen that connection for anyone on our campus.”

 

In conjunction with the launch of the app, the renowned and innovative tap company Dorrance Dance returns to campus for a week-long residency to include a visit to the BeAM Makerspace to create wooden taps for dance shoes and a series of exciting pop-up performances. On Wednesday, Michelle Dorrance, MacArthur “Genius Grant” winning dancer and choreographer and the company’s founder, will participate in a public conversation alongside her father, UNC Women’s Soccer Head Coach Anson Dorrance.

 

Arts Events on Campus Week of Jan. 22:

  • Monday, Jan. 22: Lunch time pop-up performance by Dorrance Dance at Top of Lenoir and an evening performance by Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano in Memorial Hall
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23: Pop-up freestyle dance battles featuring Dorrance Dance and soccer freestyle sensation Indi Cowie around campus
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24: The Art of Excellence – A public conversation with Michelle Dorrance and UNC Women’s Soccer Head Coach Anson Dorrance in Gerrard Hall
  • Thursday, Jan. 25: Pop-up dance performance featuring Dorrance Dance
  • Friday, Jan. 26: Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection at the Ackland Art Museum

 

Media members who wish to cover any of the above events should contact Carly Swain in the Media Relations Office for more information at (919) 445-8555 or carly.swain@unc.edu.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

About Arts Everywhere: 

Arts Everywhere is a groundbreaking, campus-wide arts initiative supported by the Office of the Chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill. With the core belief that the arts are an essential tool for learning and engaging communities, this long-term initiative aims to revolutionize academics and enhance public service at Carolina by investing in sustained creative practice, live arts experiences and arts learning, with the goal of making the Carolina a leader in transforming the 21st century liberal arts education.

 

University Communications: Carly Swain, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu
Arts Everywhere: Rachel Ash, (919) 843-9088, Rachel_ash@unc.edu

UNC receives $50 million commitment to kick off historic fundraising campaign

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UNC receives $50 million commitment to kick off historic fundraising campaign

 

Commitment from John and Marree Townsend supports arts, humanities, business and athletics

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Oct. 6, 2017) With the public launch of “For all Kind: The Campaign for Carolina” today — the largest fundraising effort to date in the Southeast and second-largest among public institutions nationally with a goal of $4.25 billion —University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt announced a gift of more than $50 million from alumni John ’77, ’82 (M.B.A.) and Marree ’77 Townsend of Greenwich, Connecticut. Working closely with deans and campus leadership to identify their highest priorities, the Townsends chose to support areas where their gift would have the greatest impact.

 

Comprising current and deferred funding and gifts-in-kind, their commitment provides $25 million in works of art to the Ackland Art Museum; $10 million to the College of Arts & Sciences, including an initial commitment to the Institute for the Arts and Humanities; $10 million to Kenan-Flagler Business School; a gift of more than one $1 million to Carolina Athletics; and a portion to be allocated at a later date.

 

“We are incredibly grateful to John and Marree for their generous and meaningful gift for the Campaign for Carolina that speaks directly to their passion for excellence, commitment to helping future generations of Tar Heels and their love for Carolina,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Their gift will help the arts play a fundamental role at Carolina, advance our core mission in Arts & Sciences and the business school and help us maintain outstanding athletic programs. Their belief in Carolina’s capacity to change lives and willingness to help in so many ways inspires us all and creates exciting momentum for the campaign.”

 

A true Carolina family, John and Marree’s fathers are alumni, as are their two daughters. John’s mother, Beverley Chalk Townsend, is also a 1953 graduate and Phi Beta Kappa. The couple have long supported and volunteered for the University, and for them, this gift is especially meaningful.

 

“Carolina is a place that we both love, and this is definitely a shared enthusiasm between us,” John said on behalf of the couple. “We were privileged to go to the University, and we both got fabulous educations, for which we are grateful. Carolina was one of the first organizations that we felt fortunate to be able to support, and it’s been such a rewarding place to continue to give to over the years. It’s wonderful to watch our contributions making a difference.”

 

John Townsend retired as a senior advisor with Tiger Management Corp. in 2015 after more than 30 years in investment management and banking. A Campaign for Carolina Steering Committee co-chair, Townsend also serves on the Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council, the Ackland Art Museum National Advisory Board, the UNC-Chapel Hill Endowment Fund Board, the UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation Board and the UNC-Chapel Hill Investment Fund Board. He previously served on the Board of Trustees, UNC Kenan-Flagler Board of Visitors and the 2013 Campaign Planning Cabinet.

 

Marree Townsend owns Marree Townsend Interiors in Greenwich, Connecticut. She serves on the Arts & Sciences Foundation Board of Directors, the Campaign for Carolina Women’s Campaign Cabinet and the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.

 

The Townsends’ gift continues strong fundraising momentum as the University launches the Campaign for Carolina, seeking to raise $4.25 billion by Dec. 31, 2022, to transform campus and the world. This past fiscal year, which concluded June 30, 2017, marked the University’s best fundraising year in history; at $543 million in commitments, it surpassed the previous 2016 record by nearly $50 million.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Office of University Development: Kim Elenez, (919) 962-1628, kelenez@email.unc.edu

University Communications: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum continues expansion with major art gifts, bringing yearly gift total to $66.5 million

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UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum continues expansion with major art gifts, bringing yearly gift total to $66.5 million

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Oct. 6, 2017) – With the launch of “For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina” earlier today, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum has accepted three new major gifts – collectively valued at $41.5 million. Committed by alumni John L. Townsend III and Marree Townsend, alumnus John G. Ellison Jr., and former Ackland director Charles W. Millard III, the art gifts include diverse works from a wide array of artists that will increase the museum’s top-quality, encyclopedic collection and accelerate its mission to become the preeminent public university art museum in the country.

 

  • The gifts join a $25 million commitment by alumnus Sheldon Peck and his wife, Leena, in January, which included an $8 million endowment and a $17 million art gift of 134 primarily 17th-century European masterworks, including seven works by Rembrandt.

 

  • These commitments bring the Ackland’s grand gift total for 2017 to $66.5 million, continuing an exciting year of tremendous growth, which has brought the museum to a new level of international prominence.

 

  • The Townsend portion of the gift significantly enhances the Ackland’s collection of modern and contemporary art.

 

  • The gifts also help the museum make a significant step toward meeting its $250 million campaign goal.

 

GIFT DETAILS

  • A $25 million gift from John and Marree Townsend features a collection of 150 pieces of art by American and European modern masters, including paintings and prints by Joan Mitchell and prints of Jasper Johns’ most iconic images. Other highlights include works by Howard Hodgkin, Alex Katz, Marsden Hartley, Ad Reinhardt, Hans Hofmann, Gerhard Richter, Richard Diebenkorn, Jennifer Bartlett, Lee Krasner, Sean Scully, Anton Henning, Rachel Howard, Glenn Brown, Mark Alexander and Adrien Ghenie.

 

  • An $11.5 million gift from John Ellison features Joan Mitchell’s 1967 “Untitled,” a 1971 untitled oil and charcoal on paper by Willem de Kooning, and Helen Frankenthalter’s 10-foot-wide and seven-foot-tall, 1976 work “Vernal.”

 

  • A $5 million landmark gift from Millard encompasses his entire 375-work collection ranging from South Asian sculpture and 19th-century photographs to North Carolina pottery and 20th-century abstraction, and including early cartoons and comic strips, Byzantine earthenware of the 12th century, Japanese calligraphy and master prints from the Western tradition.

 

GIFT IMPACT

  • The gifts support the core pillars of the University’s overarching Blueprint for Next — “Of the Public, for the Public” and “Innovation Made Fundamental” — which uphold Carolina’s commitment to grow and evolve while remaining rooted in its public service mission.

 

  • The gifts also support a key priority in “For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina,” Innovation and Impact: A Culture of Innovation, which aims to enhance and accelerate Carolina’s impact as an innovative and entrepreneurial research university. This includes strengthening creativity and critical thinking among students, faculty and the community through signature initiatives like Arts Everywhere.

 

  • The Ackland is one of 10 campus programs that have partnered to form Arts Everywhere, the University’s groundbreaking, campus-wide arts signature initiative, which seeks to revolutionize academics and enhance public service at Carolina by investing in sustained creative practice, live arts experiences and arts learning.

 

QUOTES

“These extraordinary additions to the Ackland Art Museum’s collection continue an incredible year of support for Carolina’s enduring commitment to the visual arts,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “The generosity of John Ellison, Charlie Millard, and John and Marree Townsend and our Arts Everywhere initiative is making Carolina a must-experience destination for the visual arts.”

 

“These profoundly generous collection gifts build on a wonderful tradition of giving art collections to the Ackland, for which we are very grateful,” said Ackland Art Museum director Katie Ziglar. “Exceptional artworks such as these, by accomplished, world-renowned artists, will be tremendous resources for Carolina students in many fields for decades to come, and will excite and delight members of the public as well. Such outstanding gifts greatly enhance our ability to succeed in our mission to be the preeminent public university art museum in the country.”

 

DONOR BIOS

John Townsend retired as a senior advisor with Tiger Management Corp. in 2015 after more than 30 years in financial management and investment banking. A Campaign for Carolina Steering Committee co-chair, Townsend serves on the Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council, the Ackland Art Museum National Advisory Board, the UNC-Chapel Hill Endowment Fund Board, the UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation Board and the UNC-Chapel Hill Investment Fund Board. He previously served on the Board of Trustees, UNC Kenan-Flagler Board of Visitors, and the 2013 Campaign Planning Cabinet. Marree Townsend owns Marree Townsend Interiors in Greenwich. She serves on the Arts & Sciences Foundation Board of Directors, the Campaign for Carolina Women’s Campaign Cabinet and the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.

 

John Ellison, of Greensboro, also a Campaign for Carolina Steering Committee co-chair, is the chairman of the Ellison Co. and has served on multiple boards, including the UNC Board of Visitors and the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities Advisory Board. He concluded an eight-year tenure on the UNC Board of Trustees in 2011.

 

A 2015 UNC-Chapel Hill honorary degree recipient, Charles Millard, of Chapel Hill, served as the Ackland’s director from 1986-1993 and as a long-term member of its National Advisory Board. He has already donated more than 50 works of art to the Ackland, an impressive record further enhanced by exceptional gifts in 2008 through 2010 from his Tyche Foundation, set up specifically to acquire major works of art for the Ackland.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Office of University Development: Kim Elenez, (919) 962-1628, kelenez@email.unc.edu

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UNC-Chapel Hill creates Institute for Convergent Science to focus on tackling the world’s biggest problems through multidisciplinary collaboration

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UNC-Chapel Hill creates Institute for Convergent Science to focus on tackling the world’s biggest problems through multidisciplinary collaboration

 

Institute to speed commercialization of new discoveries and treatments

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Oct. 6, 2017) – As part of “For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina,” launched earlier today, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will create the UNC Institute for Convergent Science (ICS). By embracing this emerging model for scientific research, Carolina aims to tackle the world’s biggest problems by fostering greater multi-disciplinary collaboration among researchers, students and entrepreneurs in an effort to speed the application of new discoveries, and the commercialization of technological breakthroughs and next-generation medical therapies.

 

  • Convergent science is at the core of an expanded “team-science” concept, where basic and applied scientists from many disciplines—from mathematics to physics to computer science to biology—pursue new discoveries alongside physicians, manufacturers and technology innovators. It unites scientists with entrepreneurs for a seamless and more timely transition from discovery to impact.

 

DETAILS

  • The Institute for Convergent Science will empower convergent science across the University, providing collaborative and entrepreneurial research space, meeting space, offices for visiting entrepreneurs and scientists from partnering companies. It will become the new home for the new department of applied physical sciences.

 

  • The institute is an important addition to, and the last phase of, the Carolina Physical Science Complex, which broke ground in 2004 and whose first buildings opened in 2007. With the creation of the ICS, the complex itself will provide an even wider range of dynamic, creative and collaborative approaches across the sciences.

 

  • The institute will be a resource for scientist-entrepreneurs who seek to engage companies in their work or to start their own enterprises. It will also strengthen the preparedness of the talent pipeline by engaging existing and new undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral training programs so that students learn to approach their own research with a “convergence” mindset.

 

  • It will co-locate individual science laboratories with spaces for team science and collaboration, and include a state-of-the-art technology hub.

 

  • The ICS aims to annually fund six Carolina faculty fellowships and six fellowships to visiting faculty partners, who will team up to tackle the greatest obstacles to translating nanotechnology, materials science and neuroscience technologies into practical applications. It also seeks to provide 12 to 14 emerging scholar fellowships for graduate students, interns and postdocs.

 

  • The Institute also aims to fund faculty and graduate student research opportunities in Silicon Valley – “Carolina West.”

 

  • Start-up costs for the ICS include hiring a director, associate director and support staff, as well as five new faculty per year – up to 25 new hires over five years – to build up the departments of applied physical sciences and biomedical engineering, along with related units.

 

IMPACT & EXAMPLES

  • The ICS is a signature initiative in the University’s the Campaign for Carolina and supports the core pillars of the University’s overarching Blueprint for Next— “Of the Public, for the Public” and “Innovation Made Fundamental” — which uphold Carolina’s commitment to grow and evolve while remaining rooted in its public service mission.

 

  • BeAM (Be A Maker) — the name for UNC’s network of makerspaces — has already started a collaborative revolution on campus by injecting the excitement of designing and making physical objects into the lives of students and faculty across the arts and sciences using technologies like 3-D printing, electronics, wood- and metal working, and digital fabrication. The institute will allow the College of Arts & Sciences to expand the BeAM network.

 

  • Carolina’s Virtual Lung Project is a key example of the benefits of a convergent science approach. Seeking a better way to treat cystic fibrosis, a team of 15 UNC-Chapel Hill mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists, chemists, biomedical engineers and health sciences faculty came together to study the debilitating lung disease. This led to the development of drug therapies administered via inhalation and a deeper understanding of how gene-based defense mechanisms function. Having a variety of experts at the table enabled Carolina to create a different approach to understanding treatment issues that health scientists had not yet addressed.

 

QUOTES

“Carolina has a rich history of conducting research that transformed society and improved the lives of people in our state and around the globe. We now take the next step into the future, and the UNC Institute for Convergent Science will be the heart of an enterprise that empowers proven convergent thinkers here and around the world with the tools and space they need to harness innovation and big ideas. Students will train in interdisciplinary approaches, research teams will collaborate across the spectrum of applications and we will speed the transition from discovery to real-world impact.”

Chancellor Carol L. Folt        

 

“With the Institute for Convergent Science, Carolina is rewriting the rules by encouraging faculty from a variety of disciplines to work together alongside end users such as physicians, manufacturers and technology innovators to solve complicated problems. An interdisciplinary approach brings fresh perspectives, as scientists pool their collective expertise and adapt techniques and approaches from one discipline to another. It’s synergistic thinking.”

-Kevin Guskiewicz, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences     

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Office of University Development: Kim Elenez, (919) 962-1628, kelenez@email.unc.edu

University Communications: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu