UNC School of the Arts receives $10 million gift to start Institute for Performance Innovation

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — UNC School of the Arts has received an anonymous gift of $10 million that will be used to establish the Institute for Performance Innovation, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

This is the largest gift the school has received from an individual donor, Chancellor Lindsay Bierman said Thursday.

The Institute for Performance Innovation will support the creation of a graduate animatronics program in UNCSA’s School of Design and Production and advance a graduate program in gaming and virtual reality in the School of Filmmaking.

“I am profoundly grateful for this transformative gift, and deeply moved by the donor’s guiding vision and passion for UNCSA,” Bierman said.

“It allows us to develop new career pathways for our students by enhancing our facilities, investing in technology, expanding our curricula, and partnering with businesses that shape and define our culture,” he said.