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UNCW’s Office of the Arts to Receive $95,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 

UNCW’s Office of the Arts is proud to announce that we have been approved for two substantial arts programming grants. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded UNCW’s Office of the Arts a $75,000 Our Town grant to support Roll Call: Creativity Reporting For Duty. Additionally, UNCW’s Office of the Arts and William Madison Randall Library are one of 61 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2021-2022 NEA Big Read grant. A grant of $20,000 will support a community reading program focusing on The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. (more)

Behind The Curtain

Behind The Curtain: Tré Cotten

In this episode of the Behind the Curtain Podcast, we’ll be speaking with Tré Cotten, actor, teacher, dialect coach, and UNCW graduate. Tré shares the story of his roots, his journey into the arts, and his experience working on the award-winning film, One Night in Miami. Listen along on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts!

Artivism For Social Change

Dare Coulter: Because It's Time

The Office of the Arts commissioned award-winning artist, muralist and sculptor, Dare Coulter to create a sculpture for the UNCW campus inspired by Black Lives Matter. Our hope is that this sculpture will bring awareness about race, identity, the Black experience, and Wilmington’s long, dark history of racial violence. Light refreshments will be available at the unveiling event with entertainment provided by Benny Hill. Join us at the UNCW Amphitheater on June 18th, 2021 for the sculpture's unveiling. Learn more.


New Ticketing Service, AudienceView!

To enhance the patron experience, we have transitioned to a brand new ticketing system, AudienceView! Any tickets purchased for upcoming events will remain valid and be transferred into the new system. For any immediate questions or concerns, please reach out to Abigail Beck, Patron Services Manager, at To visit our new ticketing site, click here.

50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 Years of the Arts

For 50 years, Kenan Auditorium has been home to a wide variety of cultural programming in the form of music, theatre, dance, charity events, and community outreach initiatives. From local to international and everywhere in between, past artists and speakers of Kenan Auditorium have made invaluable contributions to the arts community in Wilmington, North Carolina. Learn more here.