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Get Involved with CPA

Carolina Performing Arts has many opportunities for UNC-Chapel Hill students to engage with visiting artists, artist-in-residence, and our different initiatives. Often, these take shape in the form of masterclasses, class visits, and curricular connections created by faculty in collaboration with CPA, as well as events hosted in partnership with our artists in residence and others.

Find virtual events and more on CPA [at] Home and explore our season events. Below, you can find additional opportunities to get involved with the arts through CPA. During our regular performance seasons, full-time students are also eligible for $10 tickets to many of our performances with a valid ONYEN or OneCard.

The Arts in Public Service Fellows

The Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) program and Carolina Performing Arts partnered in 2015 to create the Arts in Public Service Fellows (APSF), a program that encourages students to make a direct impact in their communities through the arts. The engagement department at CPA also offers an undergraduate internship open to current and former fellows.

The 2020/2021 Arts in Public Service Fellows cohort theme is “Arts and the work of racial justice.” (Please note that applications for this year closed August 24, 2020.)

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UNC-Chapel Hill and the Triangle area are both rich with opportunities to connect the arts and public service. This may mean pursuing public service in a creative mode, pursuing the arts in a service-oriented mode or some mixture of the two. This program emphasizes expansive definitions of both “service” and “arts,” and advocates for creative modes of connecting them. Arts in Public Service Fellows will learn the ways in which the arts have effected and will continue to effect social change, develop necessary skills for engaging in this work themselves and gain first-hand experience supporting local arts and public service projects.

Components of the Fellowship
Arts in Public Service Fellows fulfill the requirements of the BPSS program and build portfolios with a particular focus on the connections between arts and social change.

To complete the program successfully, Arts in Public Service Fellows must log at least 100 arts-based hours (of the 300 necessary for BPSS), two arts-based skills trainings (of the four required for BPSS) and one arts-connected academic service-learning course—in addition to participating in one APSF academic year cohort. Interested students can apply to participate in the academic year cohort early in the fall semester each year and independently pursue other forms of arts engagement.

Students pursuing this distinction will have the opportunity to work with established arts-based projects, to propose and create engagement opportunities with the arts and receive training and support from Carolina faculty and staff in arts-based work with communities. Graduating Arts in Public Service Fellows will typically be recognized at a reception before a CPA performance near the end of their final spring semester. Learn more about the details of this program. 

Honors Carolina

Honors Carolina partners with Carolina Performing Arts on the “Concerts in Context” series: students collaborate with CPA staff to plan pre-performance discussions and panels that enrich our patrons’ experience of season events.

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