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Fidias Reyes is UNCW's Cultural Arts Artist Services and Residency Manager.  PHOTO BY: JEFF JANOWSKI/UNCW

Fidias Reyes

Interim Director of Arts Engagement
UNCW Office of the Arts - Wilmington, NC

Fidias Reyes is the Interim Director of Arts Engagement for the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s (UNCW) Office of the Arts. She’s the curator of the performing arts series UNCW Presents and Lumina Festival of the Arts. She received her Masters in Public Administration from UNCW in 2012. She is a proud native of The Bronx in New York.

What's an emerging opportunity that can be developed in the classical music performance world / how can classical music expand its impact in the present moment?

I’m interested in reaching a younger, more diverse audience especially students from our university campus. I really love your idea of incorporating technology and/or electronics into these performances. This is an important tool in engaging young people. We also need to break away from presenting classical music in the standard theater or recital hall format. By shaking up the traditional way that classical music is presented, we have the ability to develop and engage a new audience.

How does your institution reflect the values of the AVANT initiative in general, and/or the IMPACT PERFORMANCE competition in particular?

I’m always interested in collaborating and finding new ways of presenting our series, UNCW Presents and our summer festival, Lumina Festival of the Arts. Opportunities like this allow me to engage with other industry professionals and get an inside look into how an artform is evolving and innovating.

What would you say to an artist considering applying to the IMPACT PERFORMANCE innovation competition?

It is the role of the artist to break away and challenge tradition. This competition is an opportunity to do just that.