The largest grant the Mellon Foundation has invested in Carolina Performing Arts will bring together acclaimed artists, students, faculty researchers and community partners for multiyear artistic collaborations that explore scholarly themes.
With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Carolina Performing Artswill launch an initiative connecting the arts, scholarship and public service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The initiative, Creative Futures, will bring together acclaimed artists, Carolina students, faculty researchers and community partners for multiyear artistic collaborations that explore scholarly themes such as free speech, women’s empowerment and community health.
Over the next four years, the $1.5 million investment from the Mellon Foundation will support four creative teams, each led by a participating artist. CPA is currently selecting the artists, whose areas of expertise range from choreography to writing to vocal performance.
Emil Kang, executive and artistic director for CPA and special assistant to the chancellor for the arts, said the grant will support UNC-Chapel Hill’s commitment to making art a fundamental part of the Carolina experience — a tenet of the University’s Arts Everywhere initiative.