Funding Priority

Arts Everywhere

Arts Everywhere is a university-wide effort rooted in the fundamental belief that the arts are for everyone — and an essential part of the educational experience at Carolina. Your support helps us create opportunities for all to take part in the creative process and to explore the full range of the visual, performing and literary arts.

Signature Initiatives


The arts are an essential part of campus and community life at Carolina. The arts lift us up as individuals and as a community. They help us express fear, process grief, create change, innovate toward a better future and celebrate our unique voices. Now more than ever, we need the arts.

Arts Everywhere seeks to embed creative expression, live arts experiences and arts learning into every student’s Carolina education — whether we are able to gather together or are interacting through new virtual experiences. We have big dreams for the Carolina community, and we can only accomplish those dreams with your support.


Arts programming is … everywhere! From physics to athletics, more than 40 campus and community partners have collaborated with Arts Everywhere to make the arts more accessible at Carolina.


Arts Everywhere aims to empower each and every student to discover, to create, to thrive. Invest in the spaces needed to create and reflect; the performances, recitals and events that provide opportunities to dream; and the faces of the arts on campus — the students, faculty, staff, and artists at the heart of the arts at Carolina.

Support Arts Everywhere


Emily Hynes puts a record on a record player in a recording studio.
Student Support

Contextualizing Music History

Using digital humanities tools to examine musical recordings


The art of giving

Donation of three paintings worth $12.1 million will transform the Ackland Art Museum’s permanent collection of post-war and contemporary art.


Storytelling and Service

Graduate student actors in the department of dramatic art bring theater to UNC Children's Hospital.

Faculty Support

First Jonathan M. Hess Term Professor Named

Honoring the commitments of a valued professor in the fine arts and humanities


The Prize of Admission

Carolina Performing Arts provides unique, engaging experiences for students.


When Galleries Become Classrooms

In Ackland Upstairs, students and scholars from various fields use art to fuel their curiosity.

    Carolina is home to the second-oldest theater department in the country and a repertory company that has produced plays for 100 years.


    Operating during the pandemic poses challenges, but when the Carolina community can’t come to us, we bring the arts to you.
    • Nathalie Joachim performs with Spektral Quartet in Moeser Auditorium


      While Carolina Performing Arts can’t present in-person arts experiences, they continue to connect audiences with exclusive artist content and livestreamed events – like a weekly Compose Carolina concert series hosted by the UNC music department.


    • Outside view of the UNC's Paul Green Theatre

      PlayMakers (Keeping You) Company

      PlayMakers is offering an imaginative online series of artist conversations, master classes — and performances from their 2020–21 season, All Too Human, exploring the resilience of the human spirit in the face of upheaval.


    • Two children sitting at a table drawing art.

      Ackland at Home

      There are many ways to engage with the Ackland’s art from home. Join virtual events, try out the Museum’s teacher resources with kids and learn more the collection of over 19,000 objects. Even “color the collection” with the Ackland Art coloring book.


    • Two students walk into the Sonja Hayes Stone Center building.

      Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film

      The Stone Center’s annual series spotlighting film from all corners of the African Diaspora is going virtual. All are invited to watch the festival’s resonant short films and join the film’s directors for virtual post-screening discussions.



    Carolina is the nation’s first public university to own a collection of Rembrandt drawings.


    10 arts and arts-related programs, institutions and departments are part of the arts experience on campus. Give to the area that matters most to you.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 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 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.

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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.