The Lawn Sign Project Photo

UNC Greensboro School of Dance Opens Its Doors for Community Dance Day

On March 1, 2024, the UNC Greensboro (UNCG) School of Dance will host Community Dance Day, welcoming students from high schools across North Carolina and Virginia. The initiative aims to engage the broader community by offering a comprehensive program encompassing various dance classes, performances, workshops, and discussions.  School of Dance Director Lee Walton says the event will involve approximately 180 High School dance students and their teachers, many of whom are UNCG alumni.  “With a diverse array of activities and expert guidance, this Day of Dance promises to be an enriching experience for all involved. This event underscores the School ...
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Avery Beckham, Bassoon Student

From Community Lessons Program to a Spot in the School of Music

“Music got me through a lot of things at home and school. Music can change moods and create moods. It fulfills me, and I want to make it my life. I want to be a band director and a performer—I want to do it all.” Avery Beckham’s love for music goes back about as far as he can remember. He sang in the church choir and played tenor sax in middle school band. But it was the bassoon that brought him to UNC Greensboro through the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Community Music Lessons program. “When I got to ...
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Making Big Community Connections with Tiny Art

The College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (CVPA) contemporary art gallery Greensboro Project Space (GPS) has partnered with Peacehaven Community Farm to create a mini-museum featuring a continuous, free, tiny art exchange between GPS, the UNCG community, Peacehaven, and the local Greensboro community. The mini-museum opened with an installation and  showing on November 2nd at GPS, located at 111 East February One Place in downtown Greensboro.  “This mini-museum project allows GPS to be a site for accessibility where community members and the larger UNCG community are welcomed to make art, take art, and leave art; an alternative, extended gallery experience ...
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Caitlyn Schrader ’22: Bringing Energy and Experience to Role of Director of Community Engagement

Caitlyn Schrader (’22 MFA Dance) is moving into a role that seems choreographed just for her — Director of Community Engagement for UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA).  In that position, she will also serve as Director of Greensboro Project Space (GPS), CVPA’s contemporary art gallery in downtown Greensboro. Schrader is a dance artist, educator, curator, choreographer, and filmmaker who recognizes the value of community engagement and the potential for art to impact the lives of citizens: “Art helps cultivate critical thinkers, curious minds, agents of change, and leads to productive lives of consequence. I bring my joy ...
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3rd iteration of multi-sensory art installed at Industries of the Blind

New Multi-Sensory Art Project Installed

UNC Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and the Industries of the Blind (IOB) announces the third iteration of a public art piece, which tells the stories of the blind and low-visioned using sight, sound, and touch.    The installation is located at the IOB building at the corner of Gate City Boulevard and Tate Street, one of the main entrances to the UNC Greensboro campus, and is the culmination of an innovative collaboration between the IOB and the CVPA’s Schools of Art and Music as well as Interior Architecture, University Libraries, and the Creative Writing MFA program.  Sight:  ...
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Pollinator Garden Takes Root

A project promoting sustainability in the arts is sprouting on campus—literally and figuratively—thanks to the passion and initiative of two CVPA faculty members. Leah Sobsey (Assistant Professor of Photography) and Tara Webb (Lecturer in Costume Technology) are creating a pollinator garden, which will soon be planted on a plot of land near UNCG’s outdoor basketball courts. Sobsey had been toying with the idea of a garden artspace and a practice that would integrate plants and photography. Webb had been awarded the Office of Sustainability’s faculty fellowship and was working on a project to develop dyes from native plants to be ...
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Professor Duane Cyrus Exhibit Black@Intersection exhibition

Exhibition Explores Concepts of Blackness Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists

Professor of Dance Duane Cyrus is the guest curator for “Black@Intersection: Contemporary Black Voices in Art” presented by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). In January 2021, SECCA posted an open call for guest curator submissions, seeking new voices and new perspectives for a collaborative exhibition showcasing work being produced in response to the current moment, primarily the onset of and quarantine surrounding COVID-19 and the protests and events surrounding the death of George Floyd and the wider Black Lives Matter movement. “We divided the exhibition into four different themes. There was vision, lens, corporeal, and the Resistance Project.  ...
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Camille Thurman portrait

Robinson Family Fund Brings Jazz Artist Camille Thurman to Greensboro

For two weeks this month, students in the School of Music’s Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program will be able to study with composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Camille Thurman—an artist who is quickly becoming one of the standard bearers of jazz. The residency is made possible by the Robinson Family Fund, established by Ward Robinson (’19 PBC Jazz, ’10 MPH) and Pamela Pittman. Professor of Double Bass Steve Haines says the gift and the residency will help the Jazz Studies program make great strides in the diversity of the student experience: “We could not have done this without the generosity of ...
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Milstein Fund for Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice

Prominent arts supporters Victoria Carlin Milstein and Ron Milstein have established the Victoria and Ron Milstein Fund for Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice. The fund provides support to bring an eminent artist to campus each year who is a leader in the field of Art and Social Practice. “We are so grateful for such a generous and heartfelt gift from Victoria and Ron Milstein,” said bruce mcclung, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “This gift provides our students and faculty with creative and valuable ways to deepen their understanding of the burgeoning field of Art and Social ...
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CVPA Will Host NC Association for Scholastic Activities Events in 2021-2022

UNC Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) are entering into a new partnership to support the scholastic arts in North Carolina. The two organizations will work in partnership to present all NCASA arts activities during the 2021-2022 school year. The following competitions will be presented by CVPA on the UNC Greensboro campus:
  • North Carolina Scholastic Dance Festival, February 4–5, 2022
  • North Carolina High School A Cappella Competition, February 11, 2022
  • Metrographics Printing North Carolina Show Choir Competition, March 19, 2022
  • North Carolina Art Showcase, May 14, 2022
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Message from Dean bruce d. mcclung

April 20, 2021 Dear CVPA Colleagues, Students and Families, and Alumni: I am heartened by the guilty verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin. Justice has been served in this case, and the police officer who swore an oath to protect has been held accountable for the senseless death of George Floyd while in his custody. At CPVA we have been taking action to dismantle the legacy of white supremacy in higher education, building a College that is steeped in a sense of justice and equity through our policies and our practices; that protects the dignity, individuality, and safety ...
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An Evening With The Creative Class: Traveling While Black

An Evening with the Creative Class presents The Resistance Project: Traveling While Black Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 7-8:30pm EST with featured guests: Natacha Nikokeza, Germaul Barnes, and Jurne Smith Music by Jonboyondabeat!   Moderated by Duane Cyrus This provocative installment of An Evening with the Creative Class will feature  a behind the scenes look into The Resistance Project as they engage in   discussions about the trials and consequences of traveling while black. This  panel of artists, educators, and everyday people will share how their   experiences, and those of our predecessors, has helped to shape our social  and cultural zeitgeist. The webinar ...
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Associate Professor Jennifer Meanley Helps with ‘Bridging the Gap’

A new mural called "Bridging the Gap" decorates the Morehead Park trailhead along the Downtown Greenway. Leading the effort is Darlene McClinton, a muralist and chief executive officer of The Artist Bloc. Introducing her team: Jennifer Meanley, UNCG associate professor; Marsh Neeley, artist; Neidy Perdomo, graphic designer; James Raleigh, artist at Victorious Visions; and Joe Rotondi, executive director of community makerspace The Forge. Read the entire article here: Downtown connection Artists give Greensboro bridge a new look ...
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The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and the Industries of the Blind (IOB) have partnered on an innovative and multidisciplinary project -- the installation of a public art piece which tells the stories of the blind and low-visioned using sight, sound, and touch. The installation is located at the IOB building at the corner of Gate City Boulevard and Tate Street, one of the main entrances to the UNC Greensboro campus, and is the culmination of an innovative collaboration between the IOB and the CVPA’s School of Art and School of Music, as well as Interior Architecture University ...
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UNCG’s Greensboro Project Space is in a new location, at 111 E. February One Place in downtown Greensboro, and will host dynamic exhibitions through the fall. At the new space, safe policies are in place in accordance with UNCG event policies and North Carolina’s Phase 3. A maximum of 17 guests are allowed in the gallery, and masks and social distancing are required at all times. RSVPs are required during the limited-capacity evening programs but not during regular gallery hours. RSVP information for specific programs can be found on each project’s web page at Hand sanitizer is provided throughout the gallery, ...
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‘Hear Our Voices’: an inclusive celebration of new musical theatre

On Nov. 12-14, UNCG School of Theatre will present “Hear Our Voices: An Inclusive Celebration of New Musical Theatre.” The production is a brand-new song cycle which consists of unpublished music written and composed by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), disabled, female and LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Genderqueer, Queer, Intersexed, Agender, Asexual, and Ally community) artists from all over the country. The project was brought to life by UNCG Theatre faculty Erin Farrell Speer and Dominick Amendum, both of whom coordinate the newly-founded BFA Musical Theatre program for the School of Theatre. “Hear Our Voices” will ...
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Brown Building lit in red

A “Red Alert” for the Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts last night joined more than 1,500 organizations across the country in lighting theatres and other event venues in red to raise awareness for the arts and entertainment industry which has been devastated by COVID-19. The event was called “Red Alert” and was organized by the advocacy group “We Make Events” which cited the following statistics: Live events employ over 12 million people. Live events contribute over $1 trillion annually to the US economy. 95% of live events have been cancelled due to COVID-19. 96% of companies have cut staff and/or wages. 77% of ...
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artwork by Emily Moser

GPS Opens in New Space

Greensboro Project Space (GPS), the School of Art's off-campus contemporary art center, has a new home. Previously located on Lewis Street at the far south end of Elm Street, GPS is now located in the heart of downtown Greensboro at E. 111 February One Place and is open to the public with COVID-19 safety policies in place. The new GPS has four galleries, which allows for more concurrent exhibitions, and it will share an outdoor area with Cincy's restaurant for concerts and performances. As GPS opens in its new space, it may be fitting that the opening exhibition is "Home, ...
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Spartan Artists ‘Say Their Names’

Downtown Greensboro looks a lot different this month. Vibrantly painted storefronts, challenging quotes from authors and musicians, and art that refers to love, justice, peace, grief, support, and hope. Several Spartan students, alumni, and faculty are among the many on Elm Street proving the power of art. Read the full article here: ...
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CVPA CARES: Community Engagement During a Time of Physical Disengagement

An important aspect for the College of Visual and Performing Arts is its community engagement, and the School of Music Private Lessons Program is one of the foundations of that effort. The lessons are available for all ages and allow community members to experience the joy and accomplishment of gaining artistic and technical skills in music. They are also a key tool for undergraduate and graduate students to gain valuable one-on-one teaching experience during their time at UNCG. When COVID-19 struck, the private lessons instructors and students had two choices: discontinue or, like everything else the at university, move into ...
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Studio 91 Virtual Visit

UNC Greensboro’s Cone Residence Hall is home to Studio 91, a new living community for students who share a common passion for the arts. The residence hall includes a variety of arts facilities – open 24/7 – that allow students dedicated space to work on their creative endeavors without leaving where they live ...
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Podcast Featuring Steve Haines, Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program

The 'Yes, And Cafe Podcast' with UNCG faculty Omar Ali and Nadja Cech, recently featured Professor of  Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program, Steve Haines. Steve talks about improvising as a performer, a dad, and as champion of UNC Greensboro's 2020 theme, "She can, We can." Check out Episode 2: Improvisation in Jazz and Everything Else  ...
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Instagram Live Artist Talks

Dane Winkler, School of Art Sculpture faculty has organized an Instagram live artist talk series. Many of the guests are UNCG faculty, students, or alumni! Here is the schedule: ...
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School of Art Professor Lee Walton Shares His Remotely Facilitated Art Projects

School of Art Professor Lee Walton has been creating remotely facilitated online artworks for decades. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic he has been sharing some of these projects on his website: ...
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Shelter Artist Residency Created by School of Art MFA Student Grace Clark

School of Art MFA Student Grace Clark creates a social distance artist residency program called ‘Shelter.’ “Through Shelter, I aim to provide a way to help each other stay propelled, purposeful, and productive whether that looks like a creation of products or an introspective turn inward to focus on these complex feelings. If what you feel you need right now is a structured, resume building work time to keep moving and not fall behind, or on the other side, want to allow yourself the space to sit in emotions and process for a period of time, this residency can be ...
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Building Community In The Arts

It’s a residence hall unlike any other. A hallway of practice rooms. A computer lab for music composition and design. A dance studio and visual art studio. And hundreds of student artists creating and collaborating. UNC Greensboro’s Cone Residence Hall is home to Studio 91, a new living community for students who share a common passion for the arts. The residence hall includes a variety of arts facilities – open 24/7 – that allow students dedicated space to work on their creative endeavors without leaving where they live. Read the full article here:  ...
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Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum to open temporary exhibit in Greensboro Project Space

The Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum, the only Jewish museum of its kind in North Carolina, is a Jewish museum created in collaboration with faculty and students in the Jewish Studies program and College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and the greater Greensboro Jewish public. Focusing on object as agent of faith or identity, the inaugural exhibition of the GCJM shines a light on everyday objects that facilitate contemporary Jewish identity in its varied forms.  Contributors, Jewish residents of Greensboro, North Carolina, were prompted: “Please share a personal object imbued with significance to you ...
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School of Music Concert to Benefit Spartan Open Pantry

The Collage Chamber Series is proud to announce a collaborative project with the UNCG Association of Retired Faculty for its upcoming concert on February 2 at 3:30pm in Tew Recital Hall.  The ARF is partnering with the Collage Chamber Series to use the concert to raise funds and food donations for the Student Emergency Fund and the UNCG Spartan Open Pantry, a critically needed food resource for students and employees of UNCG who find themselves in need of assistance. Beginning in Fall 2019, Collage Chamber Series became a free non-ticketed event in the fall of 2019. However, attendees of this ...
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UNCG Dance Student in Collaboration with Local High Schools Tell Stories of the African Diaspora

UNCG School of Dance student Abdoulay Koita in collaboration with The Denbaya Dance Company, The Western Guilford High School Chorus and the Southwest High School Dancers, premiers 'The Djeli's Job' on March 14th in the UNCG Dance Theatre at 6:30pm. This is a dance concert that will tell the stories that need to be told of the people of Africa and it's diaspora by using Afrobeat, Trinidadian soca, Contemporary and Traditional African dance and music. The use of traditional dances will be to illustrate the steps we can take to make our community a little brighter by taking what our ...
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Guilford County Fifth-Grader’s Short Story To Become Opera

A local fifth-grade author is about to see her short story turned into an opera by UNCG Opera students! Read more.... ...
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Jennifer Reis Gives Artrepreneurship Workshop at CVA

Jennifer Reis, Assistant Professor of Arts Administration will be a giving a four part workshop series at Center for Visual Artists on how to implement entrepreneurial thinking into your art practice ...
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The Lawn Sign Project Photo

What is freedom?

Students in Leah Sobsey's photography class in the School of Art have been participating in an ongoing art installation -- The Lawn Sign Project , which explores the concept of freedom through a variety of viewpoints.  The Lawn Sign Project made stops this fall in Greensboro and in Brooklyn, NY.  In each location, students invited community members to respond to two prompts: “when is a time you felt free?” and “when is a time you felt your freedom taken away?”  After being interviewed, participants were photographed.  Students printed the words and pictures on black and white lawn signs and installed them ...
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Mobile Tintype Studio

Leah Sobsey (Assistant Professor of Photographer) and collaborator Tim Telkamp are interviewed about their mobile tintype studio in which they explore the intersections of community and portraiture. Read more... ...
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off-campus contemporary art center Greensboro Project Space

The News and Records highlights the community engaged activities of the School of Art’s off-campus contemporary art center Greensboro Project Space. Read more... ...
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music lesson

UNCG School of Music hosts a ‘Musical Petting Zoo’

During the first Monday of each month of Summer 2019, UNCG School of Music hosts a ‘Musical Petting Zoo’ to educate children about the wonders of playing instruments. Read more... ...
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as you like it poster


Conceived by Dr. Christine Woodworth, former UNCG Theatre faculty member, “Frame/Works” is a program designed to draw connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice. The “Frame/Works” selection for the fall is UNCG Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Read more... ...
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bruce mcclung

CVPA’s October 2019 newsletter highlights community engagement

The CVPA’s October 2019 newsletter highlighted community engagement. As Dean mcclung puts it “Training CVPA students to be community-based artists is no longer at the periphery of our mission--it is at the heart of who we are and what we do.” ...
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Alumni Sherril Roland and the Jumpsuit Project

While receiving his MFA from the School of Art, Alumni Sherril Roland created the Jumpsuit Project to respond to the year he spent incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. The Charlotte Post talks about how Roland learned to artistically communicate his experience. Read more... ...
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theatre students

The Witches: A Frightful, Quirky, and Fun Adaptation

The UNC Greensboro School of Theatre’s North Carolina Theatre for Young People will present The Witches: A Frightful, Quirky, and Fun Adaptation. Read more... ...
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School of Music Senior Dixie Ortiz Talks About Her Research

School of Music Senior Dixie Ortiz talks about her research in increasing music education in the school system.  Read more... ...
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