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    Susan Credle ’93 and her husband Joseph will match gifts to The 19 Fund dollar for dollar up to $35,000.

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    Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) is UNC-Chapel Hill’s official performing arts presenter. CPA strives to nurture artistic innovation and the development of new works on and off campus; to inspire audiences with thought-provoking, powerful, and transformative performances; and to integrate the arts into the life of the University, embracing its mission of teaching, research and public service.   

    Join Carolina Performing Arts in celebrating the creative leadership of women in the arts with a gift to the 19 Fund. CPA created this fund in observance of the historic milestone of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which offered women in the US the right to vote. In the ensuing century, women have come to make up half of arts workers in the US, but current studies show that art led by women—particularly women of color—is still underrepresented. A gift to the 19 Fund helps Carolina Performing Arts commission new works by women artists, underwrite artist residencies, and fund women-led engagement events and masterclasses. Help us safeguard women’s artistic leadership, honor them as innovators, and invest in this evolution of the arts. 

    Nathalie Joachim (pictured with Spektral Quartet in Hill Hall’s Moeser Auditorium) is part of the duo Flutronix with Allison Loggins-Hull. Together, they are artists in residence at CPA.

    Our Challenge Donor: Susan Credle '93

     When Susan Credle, Global Chief Creative Officer at advertising firm Foote, Cone & Belding, heard about Carolina Performing Arts’ recently created 19, she and her husband Joseph Credle were immediately moved to support it. Says Susan, “For the past 15 years, I have focused on lifting women up in our industry, trying to make sure that we have more female representation in leadership positions because diversity in leadership leads to better outcomes. When your values align with the mission of an organization, your desire to support it rises exponentially.”

    A leader in her field and the first woman to be named chair of the international organization, The One Club for Creativity, Credle knows how important it is to step up and get actively involved with issues of personal importance. “Things don’t change unless you put in something to help with the change,” she says. Having remained grateful for the opportunities that her UNC degree has afforded her, Susan reconnected with her alma mater when she joined the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media’s board of advisers. “College is this interim space of independence, where you’re on your own for the first time in your life while still being protected by the structure school provides. UNC’s investment in me spurred my passion to give back, first through donations and later through board memberships.” Last year, Susan also joined the Carolina Performing Arts International Advisory Board, and her husband has become an inaugural lead supporter of the 19 Fund. Their gift, made in memory and honor of the Fowler, Suber, and Credle families, speaks to their unwavering commitment to women performing artists. “Joe and I believe that if you spread the peanut butter on too thin nobody tastes it,” she explains with a smile.

    It is with deep gratitude that we acknowledge the support of Susan and Joseph Credle and their steadfast support for the mission and values of the mission and values of CPA and UNC-Chapel Hill. Thanks to their support, your gift today goes twice as far, gifts to the 19 Fund will be matched dollar per dollar up to $35,000.

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