The Cultural Arts Booking Fair is an annual event during which artists have the opportunity to connect with school representatives and begin the process of scheduling programs at schools. Only artists accepted into Artists in Schools (AIS) may participate.
Strong attendance is guaranteed because any school planning to apply for an AIS grant must send a representative to the event. The Booking Fair is free and open to the public, and additional attendees may include representatives who book programs for organizations, local municipalities, communities, and neighboring county schools.
This day-long event includes a tradeshow format with booths, as well as a showcase:
- Booths: AIS artists are eligible to reserve a booth (those with writer residencies may reserve a table) where they can greet the public and share information about their program(s) and availability. Booth space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Showcase: Two stages run simultaneously for artists to demonstrate a seven-minute excerpt of a program. AIS artists who register for the booking fair may apply to showcase; approximately 40 are selected with priority given to artists who are new to Artists in Schools and those who did not showcase in previous years. A separate Writers Showcase occurs, during which all writers have a five-minute allotment to present their writer residency program(s).
The Booking Fair occurs annually at a Wake County public school on a Saturday in August. AIS artists receive detailed information about the registration and fees in early summer.
The Booking Fair for the 2017-18 school year will occur on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Location: Wakefield High School | 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614