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Tuesday December 6th

Carolina Performing Arts


CFA executive board member junior Melissa Tomczak is photographed working on the set of a project on which she serves as an editor on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Despite Oscars' neglect of women in top categories, UNC female filmmakers fight on

The Academy Awards were held on Feb. 9, honoring what many would consider to be the best of film. In the category for best director, no women were nominated. In the 92 years of Oscars awards, five women total have been nominated for best director. Only one has won. But despite this lack of recognition, many female directors at UNC are far from disheartened. Through academic programs such as film studies in the communications department to student organizations like Carolina Film Association, female directors on campus are actively striving to break through this gendered barrier. 

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A plaque to honor William Alexander Graham, Confederate States Senator among many other titles, is pictured on display in Memorial Hall on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. After the UNC System's decision to give funding and perpetual rights to Silent Sam to the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans, Carolina Performing Arts released a statement on how surprised they were about the decision. Though CPA's statement recognized the plaques as a reminder of Southern history, their future is unknown.

'Distorted and false version of history': CPA responds to Silent Sam settlement

On Dec. 20, Carolina Performing Arts released a statement in response to the Sons of Confederate Veterans settlement. Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser said CPA is "appalled at the agreement entered into on our behalf by the UNC System Board of Governors."  However, CPA is also dealing with its own place in history. Its primary venue, Memorial Hall, prominently displays plaques in remembrance of founders of the University and memorializing Confederate alumni. Now, CPA recognizes its role in addressing these difficult issues through art.

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Paul Dresher plays with the instrument he named 'peacock' in preparation for the grand opening of Carolina Preforming Arts new space, CURRENT.

In February, grab your friends and interact with Carolina Performing Arts

Carolina Performing Arts will kick off their new venue CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio with a special installation by Paul Dresher on Feb. 2. His installation, “Sound Maze” is interactive, inviting an audience of all ages and musical backgrounds to play large instruments created by the ensemble, scattered around the room.  The events at CURRENT are unlike a typical gallery show or stage performance. Attending a gallery or art exhibit usually involves walking around and looking at the art. CURRENT, however, wants to challenge that norm of the art world. Events will involve more of the senses. 

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