Last spring, Carol brought “Heart and Soul” to this campus — literally.
Pianos filled the campus for the Arts Everywhere initiative as students of all majors suddenly remembered the Level 1 songs from the keyboard lessons their moms made them take in first grade.
We’re glad to see that Chancellor Folt and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts Emil Kang seem to really care about increasing the arts’ exposure and accessibility at UNC. In a world of analytical chemistry exams and constant CNN notifications, we all need a form of stress relief, and the arts are a great one. Kang’s aspirations to create interdisciplinary courses with arts and non-arts subjects allow everyone to take part in some sort of artistic endeavor.
But at the same time, we need to acknowledge that there’s a difference between drawing as a hobby and pursuing art, music or theatre as a career. The University should be supporting STEM majors who want to take a fifteen-minute music break, but they should be supporting the students who dedicate 15 hours a week to their artistic craft just as much, if not more.
In the April 21 edition of the DTH, professors in arts departments questioned why the money was going towards initiatives like makerspaces and pianos when the actual departments were still short on money. We fully agree with these professors. The school would never prioritize Woolen Gym’s pick-up basketball games over the Roy and his boys. The same principle should be applied to our artists.