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In the photo above, dancer Lil Buck dances with Carolina Students on campus as part of a Carolina Performing Arts pop-up event in April 2016. Lil Buck also performed two shows of his “A Jookin’ Jam Session” at Memorial Hall.

“Thanks to the Mellon Foundation, we’ll be able to bring the DisTIL Fellowship to life and cultivate an environment that nurtures exploration and allows curiosity to be the reward.”

— Emil Kang, CPA executive and artistic director and special assistant to the chancellor for the arts

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation continues to support Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) with a four-year, $1 million grant to launch DisTIL, (Discovery through Iterative Learning), an artist fellowship program.

With DisTIL, CPA re-invents the relationship between the artist and the academy. CPA will invite select artists on campus for multi-week, multi-year research residencies, ensuring fellows sufficient time, space and resources to establish productive intellectual and creative relationships with Carolina’s distinguished faculty that go beyond performance.

The grant builds on the recent success of the Mellon Foundation-funded Arts@TheCore initiative from 2012, which emphasized the important role faculty play in the work of a university-based performing arts presenting program.

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