Hall, the original College Chapel. This charming structure dates back to 1794. Prior to being home to the piano and choral faculty, Person Hall has been used as a classroon1. building, a chemistry lab, a space for the School of Medicine and pharmacy department, an art gallery, a shop for Play- makers and a home for archaeology labs. Nearly four years ago, Tom Meyer, then vice provost for graduate studies and research, gathered together a handful ofarts leaders from a=ss the campus to begin a discussion about the challenges facing the arts community. A statement by then- Chancellor Michael Hooker ' 69 that "the arts are invisible on this campus" became a clarion call to action for our fledgling Arts Carolina organization. The group began to articulate a vision of the arts more deserving for a campus that had produced Doris Betts ' 54, Paul Green ' 21, Andy Griffith ' 49, Kay Kyser ' 27, Thomas Wolfe ' 20, Charles Kuralt ' 55 and many more. Arts Carolina received financial and administrative support for a three-year pilot period from the provost's office, the vice provost's office, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Ackland Art Museum, the creative writing program and the departments of art, conu1.mnications stud- ies, dramatic art, English and music. Within two years, Arts Carolina has become a widely used term on the cam- pus and in the community. It's a grassroots example of campus members coming together to nurture the arts. Now what can the University, from the top down, do to nurture the arts on cam- pus? We must nurture the arts on this campus with better facilities. As lab spaces must periodically be redesigned and enlarged, so too must our arts laboratories - the venues in which our creative exper- iments in expression take shape and form. It is doubtful that another department on campus can more convincingly link their combined missions of research, creative activity, teaching and service so closely to their facilities than the music department. Less obvious is the way the arts reveal to us who we are as a people, as a society and as a nation. At the chancellor's address
in September, English Professor Trudier
Harris approached me with a request."Oh,
Jim, I want you to bring your trwnpet and
some recordings to my class. We are talking
about the Harlem Renaissance and I want
my students to be expo ed to as much of
the music ofthe period as possible."
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