Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to CVPA’s Community Engagement website. Here you will find community programs, activities, and events for children and young adults and those who are young at heart. UNCG is one of only fifty-nine universities nation-wide to have received the Carnegie Corporation’s “Community Engagement” classification! Unlike the outdated concept of community outreach, community engagement is defined through mutual benefit plus reciprocity according to the Carnegie Corporation. Community engagement is part of UNCG’s DNA as an institution and one of the core values that we teach our students. All told, CVPA has nearly twenty community programs and opportunities in art, dance, music, and theatre. As the Dean of CVPA, I could not be prouder of our faculty leaders who are at the helm of these collaborations. 

Educational programs and activities are a way that CVPA and community partners collectively build ongoing, permanent relationships for social benefits and outcomes. All these programs and activities are teaching CVPA students how to become community-based artists during their time in Greensboro and equipping them with skills for a life in the arts. CVPA’s Community Engagement, under the direction of Caitlyn Schrader, is a resource to support faculty, students, and community partners. Community Engagement is guided and informed by our belief in and commitment to community and place. CVPA’s 2020–2025 Strategic Plan, The Path Forward, challenges us to transform — and be transformed by — our community. I hope that these programs will spark your interest and creativity and cause you to become involved with our College!


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bruce d. mcclung, Dean
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Community Programs

The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers over 30 community education programs and activities that expand the scope and accessibility of the arts. Led by students and faculty, these programs connect and engage our local and worldwide communities, resulting in an increased amount of interdisciplinary and collaboration, and build ongoing, permanent relationships that advance mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships.