Arts and Culture

Carolina champions the arts and culture’s multifaceted ability to illuminate the human condition. For our arts and cultural institutes and units, operating during the pandemic has posed a challenge like none before. In the past several months, our partners have redefined how we gather to look, listen, perform and process arts and culture online – but the challenges for these educators and community partners continues. While our world has drastically changed, the power of philanthropy remains critically important for our partners to meet the growing need for immediate and long-term funding to provide high-quality education, performance and service. Join us and learn more about how your gift can benefit vital campus arts and culture partners.

Meet Our Partners
Footwork Battles with Dorrance Dance and soccer freestyle champion Indi Cowie at Davis Library.

Campus Arts and Culture Units

  • Ackland Art Museum

    By supporting the Ackland, you help us continue to engage online with the community by providing free digital resources and virtual programs for all. Your dedication will help ensure the Museum’s sustained viability, securing the Ackland’s long-term survival.

  • Arts Everywhere

    As a pan-university arts initiative, we believe the arts are for everyone and that creative expression fosters open and healthy communities. The arts have the unique power to inspire new possibilities. What will you envision with us?

  • Carolina Performing Arts

    For 15 seasons, Carolina Performing Arts has presented thought-provoking arts experiences that expand one’s perspective. Your gift provides critical funding to advance the vital creation of art, support CPA’s operations and keep essential staff employed.

  • Department of Art & Art History

    Art history at Carolina is recognized as one of the top programs in the country. Gifts help the department provide the best possible education by supporting scholarships, graduate fellowships, top-tier faculty, a world-class art library, and improved facilities and studios.

  • Department of Communication

    The communications department spearheads meaningful student learning opportunities in the classroom and the field. Your gift can help a student afford the UNC Hollywood Internship Program or support critical technology updates in the Media Production Lab.

  • Department of Dramatic Art

    Established in 1925, Carolina’s is the second oldest theatre department in the country. Our faculty members are teachers and practitioners, constantly moving between the classroom and the theatre. Your gift supports departmental production, student research or special guests who lead master classes and direct projects.

  • Department of Music

    Home to over 200 undergraduate majors, 250 minors, 400 non-major ensemble players, and 30 graduate students, the music department is a vibrant part of campus life — evidenced by the over 200 concerts, recitals and special events hosted each year. Your support helps us provide the best musical education possible.

  • Institute for the Arts and Humanities

    As COVID-19 has presented significant challenges for Carolina’s faculty, the IAH has found new ways to support and gather remotely. Your gift supports our renowned faculty with the resources they need as we work together to reimagine the human condition during and after the pandemic.

  • Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

    Our state’s vitality depends on the advancement of science, technology and health. This requires a consistent effort to educate our citizens for a sustainable future. Your gift will inspire thousands of young people to explore the wonder of science, developing the next generation of innovators.

  • North Carolina Botanical Garden

    NCBG is more than a display of N.C. native plants and habitats. It is a robust ecosystem where people can discover the natural world, experience its restorative power and understand why preservation of diversity, in all its natural forms, is so important. Friends like you make a difference in conservation, education, research and community outreach.

  • PlayMakers Repertory Company

    As UNC’s professional theatre company in residence and dramatic art department lab, PlayMakers produces relevant, courageous work that has transformational impact. Gifts to PlayMakers ensure our stages stay alive, our audiences stay engaged, and our artists, students and staff stay healthy and thriving.

  • The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

    The Stone Center supports the critical examination of all dimensions of African and African-American diaspora cultures. Help us make a difference in the lives of real people, through fellowship opportunities, research, community outreach, and arts programs.