910.962.3500 / 800.732.3643
UNCW Office of Cultural Arts
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403-5966
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Interim Director of Cultural Arts
Operations Manager Kenan Auditorium
910.962.7527 / email
Aleeze Arthur Banks
910.962-3218 / email
910.962.7480 / email
Interim Box Office & Communications Manager
910.962-3931 / email
910.962.2097 / email
Connecting campus and community through the arts
The Office of Cultural Arts was created in July 2005 in order to (1) strengthen the University’s mission to deepen and enrich the learning experience of its students; (2) build creative and effective partnerships between UNCW and local, state and national organizations; (3) develop opportunities for UNCW to play a leadership role in enhancing the growth of the arts within the region.
In addition to managing UNCW’s 1,000-seat Kenan Auditorium, the office works closely with offices and departments throughout campus to engage and involve students in a wide variety of cultural activities, and to connect the campus with the community through its series of high-profile performances, artist residencies and educational outreach.
Within a relatively short time, the Office has forged strategic and meaningful relationships with partners such as New Hanover County Schools, the N.C. Arts Council, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State.
The major programs and initiatives of the Office of Cultural Arts include:
- UNCW Masters Series - an annual performance series featuring artists and works of cultural and historic significance
- UNCW Artist in Residence Program - a unique initiative that provides artists an opportunity to collaborate with the campus and community to create and perform new works, while providing audiences an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the arts and creative process.
- ARTworks - an educational outreach initiative providing teachers and students in Southeastern NC access to high quality live performances, professional development workshops and in-school artist residencies.