Dance artists Camille A. Brown, Juel Lane, recipients of $40,000 award

Charmaine Patricia Warren | 4/18/2019, 2:27 p.m.
Camille A. Brown, who hails from Queens, New York, and Juel Lane from Atlanta, Georgia, have spent a good deal ...
Camille A. Brown

Camille A. Brown, who hails from Queens, New York, and Juel Lane from Atlanta, Georgia, have spent a good deal of their ever-evolving dance careers working on the same stages. Now, years after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Brown (’01) and Lane (’02) will each receive $20,000 from their alma mater. Brown’s award is given for creative enterprise and earmarked to help sustain her New York-based company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, and Lane, for creative project, will be used to create new choreographic work.

The Chancellor’s Alumni Artpreneur of the Year Awards were launched in 2018 to support alumni who establish creative projects or creative enterprises of the highest merit, artistic excellence or innovative potential. Says Chancellor Linsay Bierman, “Camille A. Brown and Juel Lane exemplify what it means to be an artpreneur,” he added. “Trained as dancers and choreographers, they create groundbreaking work that enriches our culture, enlightens our society, lifts our spirits and feeds our souls. They take creative risks, but are grounded in sound business practices. We’re proud of them, and we’re pleased to support their very promising careers.”

The Artpreneur of the Year Awards are part of UNCSA’s initiative to nurture entrepreneurship. In the fall, UNCSA will offer an entrepreneurship minor concentration—its first minor. “More than ever before, it is important that artists are able to carve their own path in the $800 billion creative economy,” Bierman said. “Disruptions across the arts and culture industries provide more opportunities for artists, but they must have the grit, business agility and the courage to take risks to create their own career path.”