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Carolina Performing Arts invites you to connect with internationally known musicians, emerging artists and legendary performers. Through activities ranging from masterclasses, pre- and post-performance discussions, symposia, course connections and artist talks, our engagement programs strive to encourage connections that reach beyond the stage.

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Upcoming Events

Women’s Work Series

In the 19/20 season Carolina Performing Arts has launched Women’s Work, a series of community discussions that explores the lives of artists in relation to the often invisible labor of women.

CANCELLED – Women’s Work: On Motherhood with Abigail Washburn and Ariana Vigil

Thursday, March 19, 2:30 PM
CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio
Free and open to the public

Join Abigail Washburn (Carolina Performing Arts DisTIL Fellow), Ariana Vigil (Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill), and special guests for a conversation on how the work of mothering shapes the political, personal, and creative lives of women, and the radical potential of finding new forms of motherhood.

Curated in partnership with the UNC-Chapel Hill Women’s and Gender Studies Department. Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided.

CANCELLED – Women’s Work: On Memory with Okwui Okpokwasili and Hồng-An Trương`

Monday, April 6, 5:30 PM
CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio
Free and open to the public

Join Okwui Okpokwasili (Carolina Performing Arts Creative Futures Fellow) and Hồng-An Trương (Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Studio Art at UNC-Chapel Hill) for a conversation on embodied memory as it relates to gender, performance, trauma, and historical entanglement in their artistic practices.

Curated in partnership with the UNC-Chapel Hill Women’s and Gender Studies Department. Light dinner will be provided.

Past Events

Affordable Housing: The Musical

Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 PM & Sunday, Nov. 24, 4:30 PM
CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio
General admission $10

Affordable Housing: The Musical blends powerful stories and good-humored satire to reset the conversation about affordable housing in our community (and have some fun while doing it!).

Set in the fictional town of Church Mound, Affordable Housing: The Musical is an original musical rooted in the lived experiences of participants—many of whom have faced immense challenges finding affordable and safe housing in Orange County. Joined by grassroots allies, members and advocates of the Community Empowerment Fund came together to create this musical from scratch—aiming to bring these stories to bear on local dialogue about affordable housing. Learn more.

This production is made possible with the partnership and support of Carolina Performing Arts.


CANCELLED – Are You Listening? Spoken Word Event

Thursday, March 19, 7:30 PM
Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History: Hitchcock Room
Free and open to the public

Come enjoy spoken word, dancing, and other performances at “Are You Listening? Unseen & Unheard Voices on Campus and in the Community.” This event will give a voice to those who have been marginalized and silenced and amplify their voices through art and other forms of self-expression.

CANCELLED – Walking Tour

Sunday, March 22, 6:30 PM
Marian Cheek Jackson Center
Free and open to the public

Join us for a walking tour of monuments and spaces of unseen and unheard voices of the UNC and Chapel Hill communities. This event will include dance, music and poetry performances along the tour. Come prepared to turn off your cell phones and create a space of silence to listen more deeply. The tour begins at 6:30 PM at the Marian Creek Jackson Center, travels to Peace & Justice Plaza, where at 7:30 it will transition onto UNC’s campus. In collaboration with Heather Tatreau’s Annual Flashlight Tour of Campus Monuments, Sound & Silence Series Collective, Chapel Hill’s poet laureate CJ Suitt, local artist Meredith Haggerty, UNC American Indian Center, Countering Hate Initiative, UNC Campus Security, Arts Everywhere, Carolina Performing Arts DisTIL Fellow Abigail Washburn and Carolina Performing Arts.

CANCELLED – Archival Showcase  

Tuesday, March 24 10 AM
UNC’s Wilson Library
Free and open to the public

“A Day of Silenced Archival Voices” reflects on the long histories of silenced voices on Carolina’s campus by bringing to light and sound representative voices from UNC’s archives. In recognition and solidarity with Carolina’s LGBTQ communities, “A Day of Silenced Archival Voices” presents voices from the Carolina Gay Association Records, 1974-2014. The exhibit will launch on Tuesday, March 24 in Wilson Library.

Public Workshop: Indecent Spaces

CANCELLED – A collaboration between Jonah Bokaer Choreography, Charles Kurzman, Charles Renfro / DS+R, Angela & Jennifer Chun, and local UNC Partners

Thursday, March 26, 7:30 PM
CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio
Free and open to the public; RSVP via Eventbrite

Indecent Spaces is a collaborative performance work exploring connections between identity, gender, race, and space by Jonah Bokaer Choreography, Mellon Discovery through Iterative Learning (DisTIL) fellow at Carolina Performing Arts, in partnership with architect Charles Renfro / DS+R, collaborating principally with UNC distinguished sociologist Charlie Kurtzman. Rare music by Isang Yun is allowed by world-renowned violinists Jennifer and Angela Chun. Through dance, three-dimensional video art, architectural elements, social commentary, and music, Indecent Spaces explores the complex histories of the United States—including inquiry into the social architecture of UNC—with participating citizens, their bodies, and themes of singularity, binarity, and the freedom to choose new alternatives.