The Buckley Public Service Scholars program and Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) have partnered to create the Arts in Public Service Fellows, a program that encourages students to make a direct impact in their community through the arts.
Arts in Public Service Fellows fulfill the requirements of the BPSS program, with a particular focus on the arts as instruments of social change. Fellows complete a service-learning course, AMST 398 (Service-Learning in America: the Arts and Social Change), that requires at least 30 hours of service with an arts-based project in the community in addition to providing a rigorous history of the arts and social change in American culture. This course of study can become the basis for 100-300 hours of public service necessary for all BPSS participants. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with established arts-based projects, to propose and create engagement opportunities between arts and the community. Fellows also receive training from Carolina faculty in arts-based education.
North Carolina has a proud history of the arts bringing citizens together and inspiring social change. This program is an opportunity to continue and broaden this tradition through teaching students about the history of the arts as instruments of public service, researching how art is being used in our communities today and encouraging students to connect with the community and make positive contributions to the lives of North Carolinians through the arts.
How to Apply
The Arts in Public Service Fellows’ inaugural year will begin fall 2013, and interested candidates can apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal by Nov. 15 to take the spring 2014 service-learning course that will introduce and provide a foundation for this initiative.
About Carolina Performing Arts
The mission of Carolina Performing Arts is to enrich lives by creating and presenting exceptional arts experiences and connecting them to the UNC community and beyond. Established in 2005 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Performing Arts presents the very best from the full spectrum of the performing arts: internationally renowned recitalists and orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz, folk, and world music artists, dance and theater.
CPA strives to nurture artistic innovation and the development of new works on and off campus; to challenge and inspire audiences with powerful and transformative performances; and to integrate the arts into the life of the University, embracing its mission of teaching, research and public service.