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Arts Everywhere

The arts are for more than just students studying music or studio art. The arts are for everyone, and they are a fundamental part of Carolina’s culture that unlocks our fullest potential, both as individuals and as a collective.

For the past five years, Arts Everywhere has moved the arts beyond stages and museums and into every corner of campus for all students to experience. The campus-wide initiative invests in sustained creative practice, live arts experiences and arts learning, making Carolina a leader in transforming the 21st-century liberal arts education. 

UNC student paints mason jar

Arts Everywhere Day

Arts Everywhere Day will be returning on April 9. The annual event is a celebration of the arts that encourages the entire Carolina community to engage with diverse arts experiences and raise awareness of the breadth and depth of the arts at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

The event, which will be held virtually this year, will focus on the theme “Reflections: Within and Beyond” and celebrate art that reflects life experiences through online art activities and performances.

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Bringing the arts to campus

  • short story 'vending machine' prints new story

    Short story ‘vending machines’ come to Carolina

    Arts Everywhere is sharing literature with the community with it’s unique vending machine that dispenses free short stories written by UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff. Users are able to print a randomized story from a catalog of short stories written by Carolina-based writers, as well as other stories from around the world.

  • Art where you least expect it

    Whether it's the stairways of Fetzer Hall or on the walls of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School's undergraduate floor, Arts Everywhere is adding color to Carolina's campus by sponsoring murals in various locations.

    Arts Everywhere is now inviting the entire Carolina community to help with the next mural on Arts Everywhere Day.

  • Paint brushes resting on a table with paint.

    Art Pen Pals program helps Carolina community connect through art

    Arts Everywhere's Art Pen Pals program assists students, staff, faculty and members of the broader Carolina community in building connections through exchanging art, even if they aren’t physically on campus.

Meet our creative Tar Heels

  • A collage of photos of people wearing masks and holding their art.

    A creative outlet

    Over the past year, as they navigated isolation and stress, these Tar Heels turned to something they can control and lose themselves in: art.

  • unc student creates yanotype prints from the rubbings of book covers

    Graduate student combines passion for art and the library

    UNC School of Information and Library Science graduate student Lulu Zilinskas is combining her studies in library science with her artistic talents to make special collections and archived material less intimidating for library guests.

  • From left to right, the movie poster for “Pushed up the Mountain,” filmmaker and Carolina faculty member Julia Haslett and a close-up of a rhododendron bloom.

    Making natural connections — on film and in the classroom

    Carolina professor and filmmaker Julia Haslett, whose latest documentary tells the story of conservationists restoring rhododendrons to their native China, brings the natural world to the screen and to her classroom.

  • Joey Richards holds a guitar.

    #GDTBATH: Joey Richards

    Doctoral student Joey Richards is a stand-up comedian who researches performance studies, teaches in the department of communication in the College of Arts & Sciences. Richards is interested in the ways we can use comedy to create community and share queer identities.

  • Bob Goldstein working on a screenprinting press in a shed.

    Science art that rocks

    Professor Bob Goldstein began making gig posters to advertise biologists giving on-campus talks about their research in 2004. Since then, he’s made about 100 of them, fusing his love of art and science.

  • A female student measures fabric.

    A stitch in time

    Most of what you see at a theatrical performance can’t be purchased in a store. Each piece is specifically designed, created and modified for the actor who will wear it on stage. What does that involve? Just ask the team at the PlayMakers Repertory Company costume shop.