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KENAN FELLOWSHIPS AT WGBH ANNOUNCED


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 11, 2012) – The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts announces that three University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNSCA) students have been awarded fellowships to spend time during the summer of 2012 at WGBH Boston, the flagship of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). This is the second year that Kenan Fellowships have been offered with WGBH.

The 2012 WGBH/Kenan Fellows are Haley Black, who graduated from UNCSA in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking with a focus in Screenwriting; Graham Dietz, a current student working toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the UNCSA School of Filmmaking; and Jonathan Fredette, a graduate student working toward a Master of Fine Arts in Sound Design in the School of Design and Production.

“We are delighted to offer this Fellowship with WGBH for a second year,” said Lynda S. Lotich, Interim Executive Director of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. “It is a wonderful opportunity for UNCSA students to observe and learn from professionals in this public media powerhouse.”

WGBH/Kenan Fellows Black, Dietz and Fredette were at WGBH during the month of June 2012 to assist in the exploration of new platforms for presenting digital content to teachers, students, and lifelong learners. Their activities focused on the development of prototype e-books, courses, and/or curriculum modules that feature media drawn from WGBH’s signature televisions series, supporting websites, and educational programming resources, created through the application of tools recently developed by Apple. The Kenan Fellows worked with a variety of producers, designers, and developers from across the station over the course of three weeks.

WGBH Boston (www.wgbh.org) is America’s preeminent public broadcaster, producing such celebrated national PBS series as Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other award-winning series. WGBH also produces local TV productions that focus on the region’s diverse community, while WGBH 89.7 FM is Boston’s NPR Arts & Culture station. WGBH is the leading producer of online content for pbs.org—one of the most-visited dot-org sites. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors, including Oscars, Emmys, Peabodys and duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards.

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts (www.kenanarts.org) is a privately funded program of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts that incubates projects that sustain artists at every point in their creative development through strategic partnerships that capitalize on visionary thinking in the arts.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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