Office of the Arts Receives $12,900 Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council

Friday, August 19, 2016

The UNCW Office of the Arts has been awarded a $12,900 grant from the North Carolina Arts Council to support their March 2017 residency of The Nile Project. The Nile Project brings musicians from the eleven Nile countries together to compose and perform new music featuring instruments, languages and styles indigenous to the world’s longest river.

UNCW is one of nine arts programs to receive this level of funding statewide. UNCW Presents will host The Nile Project for a concert and four-day residency, in conjunction with four other university presenters, as part of its 25th anniversary season.

“Because of the network of rivers in our state and our position on the Atlantic coast, we believe the conversations the project can create about water and sustainability are most deserving of state support,” said Kristen Brogdon, UNCW Director of the Office of Arts. “Artistically, it’s the kind of work that changes lives.”

The UNCW residency will open with a concert on March 25, 2017 and follow with workshops, lectures and panel discussions. Planned campus and community events include Nile Stories Workshops at the Cameron Art Museum, UNCW’s Upperman African American Culture Center and Centro Hispano; a panel discussion on food sustainability in the Nile and Cape Fear regions; and a kayak trip on the Cape Fear River to discuss river stewardship.

--Caroline Cropp