Our Why

Mission & Vision


  • To foreground interdisciplinary conversations focused on preservation and interpretation of the built environment and specific places through hands-on engagement with communities and through the performing arts.
  • To strengthen existing collaborations and build new research initiatives exploring the intersections between community, place-making, culture, heritage, and the arts – both globally and locally.
  • To support and engage graduate students from multiple degree programs

Vision: Make UNC Charlotte a leader in scholarship on interdisciplinary arts and community initiatives in heritage studies.