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Emil Kang

Program Director, Arts & Culture, Mellon Foundation

Metro Region: New York

Member Since: 2023

Emil J. Kang is the program director for Arts and Culture at the Mellon Foundation, where he leads the grantmaking program nurturing exceptional creative accomplishment, scholarship, and conservation practices while advancing a diverse and sustainable ecosystem for the arts.  Mr. Kang previously served as executive and artistic director of Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a major multi-disciplinary performing arts program he founded in 2005. In 2016, Mr. Kang was also named special assistant to the chancellor for the arts. He founded Arts Everywhere, a major campus and community-wide initiative dedicated to integrating artistic practice, learning, and engagement in the lives of the entire community. Kang has served as a National Council on the Arts member since 2012, having been nominated by former President Barack Obama.