Abby Wooten's project as a Chancellor’s Fellow brings her time at UNC full circle.
Wooten, who graduated from the University last spring, saw her fellowship opportunity to complete project-based work at UNC as a chance to spotlight Arts Everywhere.
Arts Everywhere Day is an annual celebration of all types of creativity on campus. Wooten said she initially attended it as a first-year student — now, as an alumna, she helped plan the event.
From her first time attending, she remembers classmates singing a capella, groups performing multicultural dances and pianos sitting in campus spaces available for attendees to play. As a non-arts student, she said her interest in still participating in UNC creative spaces inspired the 2023 Arts Everywhere theme – "YOU are an artist."
“It gives people an opportunity that, no matter what side of campus they're on, no matter what department they're involved in, they can come and be a part of this,” Wooten said.
There will be a wide variety of performances, exhibits, hands-on activities and installations throughout UNC’s campus and the surrounding communities on Friday, April 14.
Alicia Ha is a junior coordinator of the UNC Asian American Center’s mural project exhibit to be showcased during the event. She said the mural will display pieces reflecting on historical events prevalent in Asian American experiences.
Ha said the exhibit being part of Arts Everywhere Day will help garner attention for the project while also give people the opportunity to learn about Asian American history.
“Art is just one form of expression that a lot of people use, and it's also able to bring a lot more people together,” Ha said. “Art is easier to observe than reading an academic paper, which is also important, but I think art is just so much more accessible in spreading awareness.”