Arts & Entertainment
Enjoy a visit to the museum or wish upon a star. The University offers a variety of cultural, educational and athletic events right on campus. And, being an employee of the University has it perks too — check out each of the featured venues, and associated discounts, available to employees and their family members.
The view is always changing at The Ackland, the University’s on-campus art museum since 1958. The Ackland organizes more than a dozen special collections each year. On a normal day, the museum houses more than 15,000 works of art featuring North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works of art on paper – drawings, prints and photographs, plus significant collections of European masterworks, 20th century and contemporary art, African art and North Carolina pottery. It’s a great place to wander during a lunch break or bring the family one evening or over the weekend.
UNC Faculty/Staff & UNC Healthcare employees get in FREE to all UNC Olympic athletic events, excluding Football & Men’s Basketball by showing their UNC OneCard or UNC Hospitals ID, up to 4 tickets based on availability. (Not valid for postseason ACC & NCAA Championship Events.)
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Carolina Performing Arts is UNC’s official performing arts presenter, where you can find cutting-edge dance, exhilarating musical performances, bold theater programming, and much more by acclaimed artists from around the world. CPA’s venues include Memorial Hall, located in the heart of campus, and CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, a new studio and immersive theater space just off Franklin Street at the crossroads of campus and community.
Faculty and staff get a 15% discount on tickets, and an extra 5% off ticket subscription packages. Buy online at carolinaperformingarts.org, by phone at 919.843.3333, or in person at the Memorial Hall box office (valid UNC OneCard or ONYEN required).
The department of music at Carolina offers about 150 concerts and related events each year, many of them with free admission. Annual highlights include the Carolina Jazz Fest, Festival on the Hill, Carolina Symposia in Music and an array of master classes with visiting artists. Treat yourself!
The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a regional research center for the conservation and interpretation of plants, particularly those native to the Southeastern United States. The Coker Arboretum, the William Hunt Arboretum, the Coker Pinetum and the Mason Farm Biological Reserve are included in the Garden’s nearly 600 acres. A nearly 30,000 square foot green education center was dedicated on October 12, 2009 – University Day – expanding the offerings to visitors of all ages. The botanical garden is located on a plot just off NC Highway 15-501. Coker Arboretum and the Coker Pinetum are right on campus; great spots for a cobweb-clearing mid-day stroll or closer examination with family on off-hours.
PlayMakers Repertory Company, the Carolinas’ premier theatre company, presents a mix of both classical and contemporary plays in the Paul Green Theatre on campus each year, showcasing the talents of students, faculty and staff alongside visiting members of the larger theatre community. PlayMakers is the state’s only full-seasoned not-for-profit resident professional theatre. It is a program of the University’s department of dramatic art based in the Center for Dramatic Art, located on Country Club Road near its intersection with Raleigh Road.
The facility features the 500-seat Paul Green Theatre and 265-seat Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre. Faculty & staff get a 10% discount off the full price of single tickets (not valid for Tuesday Community Nights or Opening Nights). Your UNC OneCard is required at the time of purchase. For tickets – available at a discount to University employees – contact the box office at (919) 962-PLAY.
PNC Arena is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is home to the 2006 Stanley Cup Champions Carolina Hurricanes and NC State University Men’s Basketball. On an annual basis, PNC Arena welcomes over 1.5 million guests and plays host to more than 150 events including major concert tours, and family shows.
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