April 6 will be a day for living the arts, no matter where you go on campus or on Franklin Street.
In its second year, Arts Everywhere Day expands its reach to downtown Chapel Hill and broadens its scope to include hearing nature and picturing equality. It will be a day to hang out in a wooden igloo in the arboretum, listen to live performances by PlayMakers Repertory Company and students, decorate the House Undergraduate Library with fluorescent tape and chalk up what you want to do before you die.
Chancellor Carol L. Folt launched Arts Everywhere in 2016 as a way to demonstrate how the arts are an essential tool for learning and engaging communities. This groundbreaking campus-wide initiative invests in sustained creative practice, live arts experiences and arts learning, with the goal of making Carolina a leader in transforming the 21st-century liberal arts education.
“It’s Arts Everywhere Day again! With colorful installations and pop-up performances, it will be a day of dancing, singing, artistic expression and creativity. Through the wonder of the arts, the campus will come to life. I can’t wait to see you there,” Folt said.
Arts Everywhere is a strategic initiative that supports the Innovation Made Fundamental pillar of The Blueprint for Next strategic framework and also a signature initiative in the University’s $4.25 billion fundraising effort, the Campaign for Carolina.
“The second annual Arts Everywhere Day reflects the growing partnerships that are critical to all that we do throughout the year,” said Emil Kang, special assistant to the chancellor for the arts. “The day is a way for us to celebrate the power of the arts to bring people together across disciplines, interests and backgrounds. The collaborations featured extend all across campus and into the greater Chapel Hill community.”
For the first time, Arts Everywhere Day includes downtown venues. One of 10 painted Campus and Community Keys pianos will beinstalled for passersby to play on the Social Justice Plaza. The Monumental Voices project will be set up on Franklin St. where organizers will pass out canvas for participants to illustrate.