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The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has increased its endowment by nearly $7 million in the past two months, Chancellor Lindsay Bierman has announced.

At a recent meeting of the school’s Board of Trustees, Bierman announced $1.9 million in gifts for scholarships and a $5 million pledge to help upgrade the largest performance venue on campus.

“Now’s the time to build on the momentum of the $6.9 million we’ve raised in the past few months alone,” Bierman said of the recent fundraising success. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and am excited about our future.”

The largest scholarship gift, $1 million, was from Chancellor Emeritus Alex C. Ewing, in honor of his late wife Sheila Ewing, who died in November 2015. The Alex and Sheila Ewing Scholarship fund will benefit students in each of UNCSA’s five arts schools beginning in Fall 2016.

“Alex Ewing has left his mark on this institution in many ways,” Bierman said. “This generous gift ensures that he and Sheila will continue to make a difference in the lives of our young artists for many years to come.”

During his tenure from 1990 to 2000, Ewing founded the School of Filmmaking, where the three-theatre exhibition complex is named ACE in his honor. He established the Lucia Chase Endowed Fellowship in Dance, named for his mother who was a principal dancer and longtime artistic director with American Ballet Theatre. The fellowship annually provides funding for world-renowned guest artists in the School of Dance.

“Our students continue to benefit from both his vision and generosity,” Bierman said of Ewing. “The School of the Arts has no greater friend than Alex Ewing.”

Bierman also announced a $250,000 gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous for scholarships in the School of Drama. “We are profoundly grateful for this generous gift by a dear, longtime friend of the school,” Bierman said.

Bierman also reported to the trustees on a recent event that raised $200,000 to fully endow the Gillian Murphy Scholarship in Dance at $650,000. Established in 2014, the scholarship is named for one of UNCSA’s most celebrated alumni, who is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT).

“I call it the $200,000 dinner,” Bierman said. “Dance Dean Susan Jaffe hosted an extraordinary performance by Gillian and her colleagues who are stars of the American Ballet Theatre, including Misty Copeland and fellow UNCSA alumnus Blaine Hoven. The performance and the dinner afterward netted enough to fully endow the scholarship.”

Jaffe expects to award the second scholarship from the endowment this summer, for a student to begin study in the School of Dance this fall.

The $5 million pledge announced by Bierman is among the largest gifts in the school’s 50-year history.


The Greensboro Coliseum Complex has announced it will host comedian Louis C.K. in concert on Friday, July 15.

Tickets are on sale now at, charge-by-phone at 1-800- 745-3000 and Ticketmaster outlets.

Louis C.K. will be donating all proceeds from the concert to Equality NC (http://

Six-time Emmy Award winner Louis C.K. is one of the most honest and respected comedic voices of his generation, finding success in both television and film as well as the live stage. Currently, Louis can be seen starring in Horace and Pete, a drama he both writes and directs. The New York Times says, “It’s probing, engaged and moving. Horace and Pete is a riveting series!” The show debuted in January 2016 and is being directly distributed through his website

Louis has received over 30 Emmy nominations throughout his career, including wins for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” for his work on the FX series, Louie and awards for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special” for his standup comedy specials. Additionally, he has won 2 GRAMMY Awards for Best Comedy Album.

In January 2015, he became the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden four times on the same tour. The third show was recorded and released as a digital audio download on his website, which went on to take home his most recent 2016 GRAMMY Award for Best Comedy Album.

For more information, visit #louiscklive Equality NC is dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians. !