Current Executive Director of the Arts Emil Kang has been chosen as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts. The position was created specifically for Kang after a year of conversing with Folt and a working group about how she wants to fulfill vision for the arts at UNC.
“It’s certainly an honor,” Kang said. “I’m thrilled that she believes in me to give me the opportunity to help enable her vision.”
Rachel Ash, Carolina Performing Arts’ director of annual giving, said Folt’s commitment to the arts in creating this position will benefit not only CPA, but all of UNC’s arts communities.
“We’re excited that the chancellor has identified the arts as one of her priorities, and I think she agreed with the working group that this is a great opportunity for Carolina to be a leader in this across campus arts work,” Ash said. “We’re eager to be working more collaboratively with other arts groups, faculty and students on campus so we see this as a big opportunity for all of us.”
Carolina Performing Arts Director of Programming Amy Russell said she believes Kang is the best person on campus to fulfill this role.
“Artistically speaking, he’s really fantastic at picking up a blank slate or blank page and using existing relationships and fostering new relationships to create something powerful,” Russell said.
Along with working at UNC for 12 years, Kang has also been serving a six-year term on the National Council of the Arts since 2012. He was nominated for the council by Barack Obama, and is the first person in North Carolina to ever serve on the board.
Kang said his experience, along with his dedication toward the university, is what will motivate him in his new role on campus.