* 1963 June 21
N.C. General Assembly passes bill establishing the North Carolina School of the Arts, with a $325,000 appropriation.

* 1964 April 28-29
Advisory Board of Artists selects Winston-Salem, where more than 5,000 people have pledged more than $850,000 in a two-day telephone drive. Board nominates Vittorio Giannini as president.

* 1965 Sept. 7
High School classes begin. College classes begin on Sept. 21.

1966 Feb. 10
Governor Dan K. Moore announces $1.5 million challenge grant to NCSA from the Ford Foundation.

1966 Dec. 10-11
* NCSA School of Dance gives its first performance of The Nutcracker ballet to a capacity house in Reynolds Auditorium.

1967 July 9
The International Music Program, a collaborative effort between NCSA and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana begins in Siena, Italy.

* 1968 Sept.
School of Design and Production created, separate from School of Drama.

1969 July 13-Sept. 1
First summer session for dance students conducted in Asolo, Italy; beginning of International Dance Program.

1970 Sept
NCSA inaugurates high school Visual Arts program.

1970 Oct 22
World premiere of Agnes de Mille’s ballet A Rose for Miss Emily.

1971 Mar 11-14
Composer Aaron Copland attends three day Copland Festival in honor of his 70th birthday.

* 1972 July 1
NCSA becomes member of the 16-campus University of North Carolina when the state consolidates its institutions of higher learning.

1973 Mar 1
NCSA’s main auditorium named in honor of the first President of NCSA’s Foundation, a former builder and Chairman of the Board of Hanes hosiery, R.B. Crawford, Jr.

* 1975 Feb. 3
Guitarist Andres Segovia receives first honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from NCSA.

* 1978 April 27
Semans Library dedicated in honor of Dr. James H. Semans, and his wife, Mrs. Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans who helped lead the establishment of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Dr. Semans was chairman of NCSA board of trustees for the first 17 years.

1980 April 25
NCSA honors seven with honorary doctorates: Agnes de Mille, Jose Ferrer, Gordon Hanes, Rosemary Harris, Nananne Porcher, William Schuman and Oliver Smith.

1981 Nov 6
North Carolina author, NCSA founder and Winston Salem resident, John Ehle, receives honorary doctorate.

* 1982 March 26
First NCSA graduate program in Design and Production approved by UNC Board of Governors.

* 1983 April 22-24
Gala performances celebrate opening of the Stevens Center, named for Roger L. Stevens. Gregory Peck serves as master of ceremonies; Leonard Bernstein, conductor; Isaac Stern, soloist.
Performances by Jean Stapleton, Zoe Caldwell, Mel A. Tomlinson and Heather Watts. Also participating in tribute are Agnes de Mille, Sir Anton Dolin, Cliff Robertson, Oliver Smith, Gov. James Hunt, President and Mrs. Gerald Ford and Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson. Performances of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate" round out the celebration.

1986 May 30
William C. Friday. president emeritus of the University of North Carolina, speaks at Commencement.  Friday and national arts leader, Winston Salem resident, R. Philip Hanes Jr. are presented with honorary doctorates.

1988 May 8
Dame Margot Fonteyn arrives at NCSA for weeklong residency as first recipient of the Lucia Chase Endowed Fellowship for Dance, which was established by Alex Ewing in memory of his mother.

1989 Fall
NCSA enrolls first students in Master of Music program.

* 1991 April 25
NCSA celebrates 25th anniversary by installing Chancellor Alex Ewing. Concert by alumnus Ransom Wilson, flute, highlights activities.

1991 June
Jean Licker Firstenberg, director of American Film Institute, agrees to serve as chair of board of advisors of the proposed School of Filmmaking at NCSA.

*1992 Jan. 27
The William R. Kenan Jr. Fund for the Arts establishes the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at NCSA.

* 1993Sept. 16
School of Filmmaking opens as fifth arts school at NCSA. Approximately 60 students register for classes in the new school.

1996 May 2-12
NCSA presents all-school production of Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon. Friends celebrate the school’s 30th anniversary at a Highlands-inspired gala on May 4.

1997 Jan 6
Mr. and Mrs. R. Philip Hanes Jr. pledge $1 million  to NCSA, to be used for endowment.

* 1998 April 16-19
Dedication ceremonies held to celebrate School of Filmmaking’s new $15M “Studio Village.” Filmmakers-in-residence include: Elmer Bernstein, Donn Cambern, Dino and Martha DeLaurentiis, Elliott Kastner, Ted Tally and Robert Wise. Motion Picture Association Chairman Jack Valenti speaks to legislators and corporate friends. Filmmaker Robert Wise and PBS journalist Charlie Rose also attend.

1998 Summer
New performing arts series, Summer Scenes inaugurated at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Six-week festival includes music and dance performances and will add drama the next summer. More than 150 students, faculty and alumni participate.

* 1998 December
Stunning new “Nutcracker” sets, costumes and lighting designed by NCSA alumni Campbell Baird and John McKernon. Ballet’s first new sets in 20 years and first new costumes since its Winston-Salem debut in 1966. Special recognition given to Sonja Tyven and Robert Lindgren who staged the original 1966 production based on the original choreography by Lev Ivanov.

1999 July 10-24
“Shakespeare Lives!” a collaborative project of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, in partnership with the NCSA School of Drama and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Educators from Forsyth and Catawba counties selected to participate in inaugural program.

2000 January
School of Drama Dean Gerald Freedman is first American invited to direct at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Freedman directs rare Jacobean play, The Antipodes by Richard Brome, in August.

* 2000 Sept. 8
UNC President Molly Broad announces a gift of $10 million from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation of Raleigh to establish and endow the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at NCSA. It is the largest gift ever given to the School.

2000 Nov. 9-12
The School of Filmmaking in collaboration with the Kenan Institute for the Arts, hosts “Cinethics: A National Conference on Ethics in Filmmaking,” which draws faculty and students from 17 film schools across the country. Panelists include Armyan Bernstein, producer of AIR FORCE ONE; Sarah Pillsbury, producer of DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN; film critic Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times; and U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson

2000 Nov. 22
Mr. and Mrs. R. Philip Hanes Jr. pledge another $1 million to NCSA for endowment.

2002 June
Kenan Institute for the Arts hosts the first national assembly of conservatory leaders “Preparing Performing Artists for the 21st Century”.

* 2002 October
School of Filmmaking Dean Dale Pollock announces the RiverRun International Film Festival will move from Brevard and Asheville to Winston Salem in April, 2003. Projection and sound equipment will be installed in the Stevens Center to restore it as a working movie theatre. Films on Fourth Series also begins in collaboration with Winston Salem Cinema Society.

* 2003 Sept. 25
Charlotte and Philip Hanes Student Commons and Daniels Plaza dedicated.

* 2003 Oct. 25
School of Music Complex including Bill and Judy Watson Hall Chamber Music Hall dedicated.

2004 June
Center for Design Innovation is established as a collaborative digital design project between the Triad’s business, government and educational leadership.

2004 September
Graduate program (MFA) in Performing Arts Management begins in School of Design and Production and is one of only 35 in the country.

2005 December
In 2005, the North Carolina School of the Arts partnered with Winston-Salem State University to support the UNC Board Governors' establishment of the Center for Design Innovation (CDI). Forsyth Technical Community College is another member of the consortium and will become CDI's neighbor in the Piedmont Triad Research Park. CDI promotes interdisciplinary creativity and the development and use of digital technologies to foster collaborative research, education and commerce.

* 2006 April 22
Founders Forum held in Watson Hall to celebrate NCSA’s 40th birthday; panel composed of:
John M. Ehle Jr., R. Philip Hanes Jr., Thomas W. Lambeth, Robert Lindgren, Mary D.B.T. Semans and Robert E. Ward.

2007 April 3
“Festival of the Arts” celebrates the Installation of John Mauceri as 7th Chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

2007 April
The UNCSA Board of Trustees votes to establish seven honorary trustee positions to represent the areas of Dance, Design and Production, Drama, Film, Music, High School (Academic Program), and (Undergraduate) Academic (and Graduate) Programs.

2007 May 3-13
West Side Story Opening, Symposium and Gala celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the original Broadway work. Chancellor Mauceri (a protégé of Leonard Bernstein) and Drama Dean Gerald Freedman (who was assistant director of the original production) lead the world premiere production and travel with it for one performance at the prestigious Chicago Ravinia Festival on June 8.

* 2008 Aug. 1
Proposal to change the name of North Carolina School of the Arts to UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS approved by the NC General Assembly (Senate Bill 2015, Senate approval June 24 and House approval July 9). The bill was signed into law by Governor Mike Easley on Aug. 8, 2008.

*2008 Nov. 22
Chancellor Mauceri conducts Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony with UNCSA Symphony Orchestra to mark 25th anniversary of the Stevens Center.

2008 Nov. 13
First Winston Salem Light Project; UNCSA Students light historic Millennium Building in artist-inspired vignettes

2009 Jan 9
UNCSA unveils new logo incorporating a distinctive shield in blue, green and purple representing the five arts schools with the new nomenclature of the school.

2009 Jun. 17
Four alumni from the New York area recognized by UNCSA with Alumni Achievement Awards  in recognition of their accomplishments, contributions to society, and efforts on behalf of their alma mater: J.T. Rogers, School of Drama, Class of 1990 (Acting);Gerald Shaprut, School of Music, Class of 1995, and the late Jean DePasquale Shaprut, School of Design and Production, Class of 1

2009 Nov. 25
UNCSA Presents Inaugural Alumni Recognition Award to Angus MacLachlan.

2009 Dec. 11
Magnolia Baroque Restival Receives American masterpieces NEA Grant.

2011 Jan. 3
Center for Design Innovation Gets Land for Permanent Facility (Posted Jan. 3, 2011)

2011 Apr. 28
UNCSA presents an all-school production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Special Gala Performance on April 29th with proceeds from the production and the Gala to benefit all five arts schools.

* 2012 Feb 20
Center for Design Innovation breaks ground for new facility - CDI's founding institutional partners are UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem State University and Forsyth Technical Community College [pdf] (Posted Feb. 20, 2012)

2012 Aug. 21
* UNCSA's Fighting Pickle takes top honor as Cheetos' Chester Cheetah's "Cheesiest College Mascot".

2012 November
UNCSA’s Oklahoma! has won a National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Award.

2012 Nov.15
* UNCSA names Proscenium Thrust Theatre for Gerald Freedman, dean emeritus of School of Drama.

 

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