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History of the Performing Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill: Student Organizations

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The Carolina Union

Band Members on Performance ProgramThe Carolina Union is a student organization that was established in 1931. It programs activities and events for the greater campus community.

The Union was largely responsible for visiting artist performances at Memorial Hall from the 1930s until the Memorial Hall renovation in 2002 and advent of Carolina Performing Arts in 2005. 

You will find archival materials related to the Carolina Union in the finding aid:

The bulk of the materials in the collection are administrative records, correspondence and files on events sponsored by the Carolina Union

Black Student Movement

Opeyo Dance Company in postureThe Black Student Movement (BSM) was founded in 1967. There are several performance-based cultural subgroups of the BSM, including Opeyo! Dance Company, the BSM Gospel Choir and Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre. Photographs of performances and student activity, as well as newspaper clippings are in the University Archives. Extensive accounts of performance activity, including information about the Black Arts Festival (1972-1981) are recorded in the BSM's newspaper, Black Ink.

Asian-American Student Association

Dance Performance on StagePerformances are part of the events, activities and programs sponsored and created by the Asian-American Student Association (AASA). They are documented through photographs and ephemera. Each year, AASA hosts Journey into Asia, featuring performers from a diverse range of Asian backgrounds.

The finding aid has links to photos available in the Carolina Digital Repository.

V-day Carolina

V-day Carolina records consist of materials related to performances of The Vagina Monologues. Materials include programs, flyers, scripts, logo and t-shirt designs, meeting notes, photographs, reports, registration forms and fundraising materials.

You can find V-Day Carolina in the finding aid: