The grant will be used by Carolina Performing Arts to develop and launch the DisTIL (Discovery Through Iterative Learning) Fellowship program. Through the program, selected artists who are thought leaders in their fields and have expressed a desire to work collaboratively across disciplines in a university setting will be invited to campus for both multi-week and multiyear research residencies, ensuring that they have sufficient time, space, and resources to establish productive intellectual and creative relationships with members of the UNC community. The grant also will provide funding for a graduate assistant in each fellow’s host department and continued support for the CPA faculty advisory committee and a postdoctoral fellow position.
The grant builds on the success of the Mellon Foundation-funded Arts@TheCore initiative, which was established in 2012 to emphasize the important role faculty play in the work of a university-based performing-arts presenting program.
"As a university arts presenter, I believe CPA can play an important role in advancing artistic and academic discovery," said Emil Kang, CPA executive and artistic director and special assistant to UNC's chancellor for the arts. "Thanks to the Mellon Foundation, we'll be able to bring the DisTIL Fellowship to life and cultivate an environment that nurtures exploration and allows curiosity to be the reward."