Emil J. Kang
Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts
Executive and Artistic Director, Carolina Performing Arts
Professor of the Practice, Department of Music
Emil J. Kang is UNC-Chapel Hill’s first Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts. In this cabinet level position, Kang leads a groundbreaking initiative to integrate the arts with the teaching, research and service missions of the University.
He is responsible for programming arts events, activities and installations across campus, creating clear and well-coordinated communications about opportunities in the arts, and ensuring the arts are well-represented in all major campus initiatives, including the master plan, strategic framework and capital campaign.
In addition to his role in the Chancellor’s cabinet, Kang is the Executive and Artistic Director of Carolina Performing Arts (CPA). Founded by Kang in 2005, CPA is the University’s first major multi-disciplinary performing arts program. Now in its twelfth season, CPA has established itself as a center for artistic excellence and innovation and as a leading university presenter of today’s most influential artists. Kang also serves as Professor of the Practice in the music department.
Kang was nominated in 2012 by President Obama to serve on the National Council on the Arts. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Kenan Institute for the Arts at the UNC School of the Arts, the International Society for the Performing Arts, and ArtsForce. He previously served on the board of EmcArts.
As the associate director of Arts Everywhere, Kathryn Wagner works with the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts Emil J. Kang to develop and implement a shared vision for the arts at Carolina through cross-campus partnerships and collaborative programming.
She oversees strategic initiatives designed to increase arts access for members of the greater Carolina community, including opportunities to create, experience, and learn through the arts. Kathryn hopes to work closely with broad community of campus partners, including the following alumni, faculty, and student groups that advise the initiative: the Carolina Arts Leadership Council, Campus Arts Council, and Carolina Arts Ambassadors.
Prior to joining the Arts Everywhere team, Kathryn worked for the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, where she oversaw strategic communications, publications, and media relations. Prior to her work at the Green Music Center, she was based for fifteen years in New York City, working as a communications associate with the New York Philharmonic as well as a publicist for several classical music PR firms. Kathryn holds a B.M. and M.M. from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.
Marketing & Development Communications Manager
Crystal Wu is the Marketing and Development Communications Manager for Arts Everywhere. Working closely with Associate Director, Kathryn Wagner, Crystal aims to develop and refine the initiative’s messaging to communicate the vision and impact of Arts Everywhere and the arts at Carolina more broadly.
Crystal is responsible for managing the initiative’s strategic communications and works closely with campus leaders and partners, faculty, staff, students, and community members to support the creation of art at all levels across the campus and community.
Prior to this position at Arts Everywhere, Crystal held the role of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruiting Officer for the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She also teaches private piano lessons and performs as a soloist and collaborative artist.
Crystal earned her BM in Performance from UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a recipient of the prestigious Kenan Music Scholarship. She received her MM in Piano Performance and DMA in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from UGA.
Haley Smyser, executive assistant of Emil J. Kang, works closely with the Arts Everywhere team to facilitate and further organizational goals, and coordinate emerging projects.
She provides support for the Campus Arts Council and Carolina Arts Leadership Council. Invested in the opportunities for campus-wide and community partnerships, Haley seeks out new opportunities for collaboration and assists with artist visits, program management, and student engagement.
An alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill, Haley was incredibly involved in the arts through dance and theatre during her time as a student. After graduating in 2015, she worked at a talent booking agency in Durham, NC. She is still highly involved in the arts community and spends much of her time volunteering with the nonprofit Girls Rock NC.
Carolina students play a critical role in shaping Arts Everywhere’s vision and programming. From launching creative collaborations to communicating campus-wide arts opportunities on social media, students contribute to all aspects of the initiative’s growth.
Gayathri Raghavendra (’21), Lead Arts Ambassador
Learn more about the Carolina Arts Ambassadors.