Get to know Arts Everywhere

We can’t believe it’s already the start of the new semester! We warmly welcome back all the returning students and give a big shout out to all our new Tar Heels! Although Fall 2020 will look and feel a little different, we will continue to work to bring you creative arts opportunities and experiences on campus and at home. In the meantime, we invite you to get to know us a little better – who we are and what we do –  below!

In a nutshell

Arts Everywhere is a comprehensive initiative at UNC that aims to make the arts a fundamental part of the University culture and daily campus life. 


Ramses painting on an Arts Everywhere sign
Arts Everywhere is an initiative to integrate the arts into the campus culture. (Jon Gardiner/ UNC-Chapel Hill)


Creative Interruptions

Short Story Dispensers

Did you know that anyone can submit a piece to be published in our Short Story dispensers? And if you’re not on campus to print a story from a machine, you can still peruse stories online! Stay tuned, because our dispensers will soon have touch-free features!

A short story dispenser in the Carolina Union


First Fridays

This monthly concert series with the UNC Department of Music highlights student ensembles at different locations across campus in a 15-minute informal performance setting. If you’re interested in participating, we’re accepting proposals until August 16th for our virtual First Fridays this fall!

A group of students singing together
The UNC Barbershop Club performs at a Fridays Pop-Up at the FedEx Global Education Center (Hope Viola Davison/UNC-Chapel Hill)


Pop-up exhibits and performances

We had some great pop-up exhibits last school year that had us teaming up with our campus and community partners, students, alumni, and community members! Read more about our Every Color of the Rainbow exhibit from February!

In the center, a performer is wearing a rainbow sequin body with and pink and blue chiffon. Details for the exhibit are at the top, and the event sponsor logos are at the bottom.
Poster for Every Color of the Rainbow exhibit (Photo used with permission from Jackie de Melo)


Spaces to create and reflect

Morrison Art Studio is a place where you can to take part, make art, and unleash your inner artist with the use of all the free supplies you’ll need to paint and draw! There’s also an MFA artist-in-residence who serves as a resource for anyone who uses the space. Learn more about Morrison Art Studio and stay up to date with the latest news, updates, and guidelines! More details for Fall 2020 will be coming soon!

A student shows her space-themed painting which utilized glow in the dark paint
Black Light Paint Night event at Morrison Art Studio


Public art

Stay tuned for some new murals that will be created this fall! Until then, here are a few of our favorites!

27 foot bronze and stainless steel spider sculpture in front of a school building
Crouching Spider by Louise Bourgeois
Two granite benches sculpted into the shape of eyes in front of Phillips Hall at UNC
Eye Benches I by Louise Bourgeois
A basketball court with colorful designs and signage
Basketball court mural created outside Morrison Residence Hall by Nina Chanel Abney


And who doesn’t love Arts Everywhere Day!

A campus-wide celebration of the arts!

Six students surround a table that is covered with paper and paint palettes. They are painting.
Arts Everywhere takes over the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill April 6, 2018 (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)
Students write with chalk on a chalkboard that has the Arts Everywhere logo on it.
Arts Everywhere Day (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)
Four student sit on the steps of the South Building. Three of them each have their own ukuleles and are playing them. One is playing a box drum.
Arts Everywhere takes over the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill April 6, 2018 (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)
students dance on stage waving red ribbon
Arts Everywhere Day (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Team Effort

There’s an arts experience around every corner thanks to our wonderful arts partners and friends on campus! We encourage you to get to know them by perusing their websites or getting involved in our Social Media Challenge on Instagram!

A student is adding a square to the Arts Everywhere interactive mosaic.

Get Involved

No matter who you are, where you are, or what your “artistic” skill level is, we encourage you to stay creative this semester! We look forward to bringing you opportunities to learn, engage, and experience the arts at Carolina!

Three girls tap dancing on stage

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