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Jodie Londono


From double-booked venues to steep costs: The struggle to find on-campus venues

For student groups looking to perform on campus, it can be difficult for them to actively express their creativity due to a lack of available performance spaces across campus and the trivialities associated with securing a performance venue.  Student performance groups can book venues through Carolina Performing Arts or Reserve Carolina, the Carolina Union’s online reservation system.  “Reserve Carolina all semester has not functioned properly," said Bridget MacPherson, a member of Chapel Hill Players comedy group. "We can't see our own reservations once we have made them. We have to go to them and ask for a pdf print out, which is not the way that it should be functioning.”


How Arts Everywhere uses University funding to promote the arts in Emil Kang's absence

Former Chancellor Carol Folt, in conjunction with Emil Kang, established Arts Everywhere in 2016, connecting UNC students and staff to the arts. Although Kang stepped down from his position in 2019, the initiative continues to grow and make the arts central to the student experience at UNC. From the Morrison Art Studio to the Gallery 109 space, ArtsEverywhere is setting new goals for 2020 and beyond. Here's how Arts Everywhere is continuing to grow and promote arts at the University, given $500,000 in funding at the start of every fiscal year from the office of the chancellor. 

Muralist Michael Brown

Not a muralist: Just Michael Brown

A house painting job and a hitchhiking trip to Mexico influenced Michael Brown's first works as a muralist. Over the past 31 years, his abstract sea turtles and starry town landscapes decorate Chapel Hill's walls, quietly shaping the town's aesthetic. 


Accessibility on campus: 'Whose bodies are worth more?'

A UNC graduate student was recently unable to park in the last remaining disability spot at a PlayMakers Repertory Company performance, leaving them to park in a parking deck far from the theater and walk.  This experience left the student with not only lingering pain, but frustration about the University's priorities with its limited parking. This student's trouble with parking raises the larger problem of the University's poor accommodations of those with disabilities, forcing the University to reevaluate its guidelines for upholding equal accessibility under ADA guidelines. 


PlayMakers' "Dairyland" to explore food politics and identity through comedy

Heidi Armbruster's play, "Dairyland," will premiere in the Paul Green Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16. The play follows the story of Allie, a food writer from New York City whose professional downfall leads her to her father's dairy farm in Wisconsin. Directed by Vivienne Benesch, this comedy shares powerful messages about relationships and discovering yourself. 


'The show can't go on': A behind-the-scenes look at student theater tech

Ever wondered what really happens behind the scenes of a theater production? We got the inside peek. From lighting to costume design to set creation, the work of student theater techs is crucial to the visual experience. Consider how many times you've been surprised by a sudden, dramatic light change or engrossed by the details of an intricate costume. Working with actors and directors to pinpoint the exact mood and aura of a scene develops a holistic experience for the audience. Naturally, that makes more incredible creativity and hard work. 

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