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Nominations Open for 2015 Business Support of the Arts Awards

United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County and The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2015 Business Support of the Arts Awards. The awards are presented annually to businesses, organizations, and individuals for their outstanding contributions toward building a strong and vibrant arts community.

Categories for Nomination:

1) Large Business (More than 100 employees)
2) Small Business (Less than 100 employees)
3) Individual/Foundation
4) Arts Education (Individual, business, or organization that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving education through the arts.)

The 2015 Business Support of the Arts Awards
will be presented at the 4th Annual “State of Arts and Culture in Wake County”
at the North Carolina Museum of Art January 14, 2015
4:00-6:00 pm


For entry requirements and nomination form, contact Eleanor Oakley at


October 22, 2014

Wake Schools Receive Grants for Arts Education

[Raleigh, NC]—United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County awarded $112,000 to 137 Wake schools to bring in teaching artists during the 2014/15 school year for performances and residencies that integrate the arts with core subjects. For more than 30 years, "Artists in the Schools" program sponsored by United Arts has placed professional artists in public, private and charter schools in Wake County. These artists work with faculty, students and cultural arts representatives to implement curriculum-based arts in education programs throughout the county.

In the 2013/2014 school year, the program supported 157,688 contact hours to 144,059 students. This school year will be no exception. With 311 funded events in 137 Wake schools, the arts will touch many students' lives.

Wanda Hanley, 4th grade teacher at Turner Creek Elementary, had this to say about writer Tony Peacock:
"The students enjoy his style, learning about NC culture, writing strategies, and listening to him holler. I have seen many writers blossom due to his story telling and writing techniques he uses. We were so happy to have him again this year."

In return, the artists in the United Arts' Artist Directory enjoy the program as well. Writer Tony Peacock returns to Turner Creek Elementary for a two-week residency each year. He says,
"I treasure the relationship that I've been able to build with the teachers and students at that school over the years. It's been incredibly rewarding work!"

Contact or at 919-210-4104 for more information, photos or to schedule an interview or visit to a school holding a cultural arts event.

The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, based in Raleigh, NC, was incorporated in 1990. Our mission is to build better communities through the support and advocacy of the arts. For the 2014/15 school year United Arts will help bring in teaching artists to 137 schools in Wake County through its “Artists in the Schools” program. The United Arts Council also offers grants to organizations, communities and individual artists and provides services to the community such as advocacy, resource development, professional/leadership development and special projects. The grants, programs and services of United Arts reach over 1.2 million people annually in Wake County.


2013 Campaign Corporate Supporters

silver partner $15,000 and above

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bronze partners $10,000 to $14,999

bank of america logo   wells fargo logo
cbc logo   gsk logo
duke energy progress logo


Sustaining partners $5,000 to $9,999

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council partners $2,500 to $4,999

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creative council partners $1,000 to $2,499

  • Gregory Poole Equipment
  • Target Stores
  • PSNC Energy
  • North State Bank

2013 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

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