We believe the arts are for everyone, regardless of major, course of study, background or skill level. We know that creative expression fosters open and healthy communities and that the impact of experiential learning is profound and lasting.

Outlined below are a few of our top priorities, which will evolve with the needs of the Carolina community. Here’s what we know for certain: the arts have the unique power to inspire new possibilities. What will you envision with us?

Creative Interruptions


A series of ephemeral experiences, performances, and installations that pop up in centers of activity and underutilized spaces, from dining halls and athletic facilities to stairwells and green spaces. These Creative Interruptions include ongoing Arts Everywhere programming such as First Fridays—a collaboration with the UNC Department of Music that highlights student performers and ensembles through monthly lunchtime concerts—and our Carolina Murals program, which commissions colorful and timely indoor mural installations by local and alumni artists and supports installation in locations across campus.

Intramural Arts


Similar to intramural sports, we are developing a robust Intramural Arts program that supports all students’ engagement with the arts regardless of background or skill level. The first in this venture is the Morrison Art Studio, located on the first floor of Morrison Residence Hall. Read more about the studio and its programs.

Public Art


By installing works of art in unexpected places, we can illuminate cutting-edge research and foster social connectivity. There are endless opportunities for public art to advance campus priorities from sustainability efforts to synthesizing the intersection of art, science, and technology.

Spaces to Create and Reflect


A world-class university needs world-class spaces to make, collaborate and learn. It is critical that we invest in our facilities; additional funds will help us repair, remediate, and expand our classrooms, studios, museums, and performing spaces like the historic Frederick Henry Koch Memorial Forest Theatre.

Welcome to Carolina


From an expanded arts presence at orientation to a reimagined Franklin Street entrance, this comprehensive effort aims to make the arts a central part of how students, visitors, and community members are welcomed to Carolina.