Annual Requirements

Once artists are accepted into Artists in Schools (AIS), they must adhere to the following annual expectations:

Artist Agreement

Artists sign an agreement confirming that they will adhere to the terms and expectations outlined in the Artists in Schools Artist Guidelines.  This agreement must be renewed annually.

Artist Participation Fee

Artists pay an annual fee of $40 to begin or renew participation in the Artists in Schools program. Artists may pay online or print an invoice and mail with a check to United Arts offices. 

Background Check

Artists annually are checked in the National Sex Offender Public Website. This practice safeguards the integrity of the  Artists in Schools Directory and the artists whose programming the United Arts Council endorses.

Artists submit the full legal names and birth dates of all individuals and group members who could facilitate programs listed in the Artists in Schools Directory. Once cleared, individuals are added to the United Arts Council Cleared Artist List, which is made available for schools via the Wake County Public School System intranet. Private schools may request this list as needed. Only the individuals included on this list are approved to participate in Artists in Schools programs.

United Arts is not responsible for providing compensation should an artist neglect to comply with this requirement.

Liability

Wake County Public School System requires vendors and presenters to carry a certificate of liability. As a service, United Arts holds a certificate of liability insurance that covers Artists in Schools artists when (and only when) they facilitate events that are contracted through United Arts.

Photo Release

United Arts reserves the right to photograph artists when they are engaged in Artists in Schools supported activities, such as at the Cultural Arts Booking Fair or during a school visit. Photos may be shared via the United Arts website, social media and other marketing materials.

Review of Artist & Program

Schools submit evaluations after each Artists in Schools supported program.  United Arts reviews these evaluations and shares summaries with artists after the school year concludes.  Additionally, United Arts staff frequently visits schools to observe an artist and/or an artist’s program.Cause for removal from Artists in Schools may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • failure to abide by the contractual agreement;
  • implementation of a program other than what is approved and described in the Artists in Schools Directory, or with modifications to fit curricular needs as determined by pre-program discussion with school;
  • low skill or proficiency in implementing artistic program with K–12 students;
  • unprofessional behavior (e.g. tardiness, appearance, demeanor, interaction);
  • irresponsibility, unresponsiveness, or violation of terms of email usage when communicating with Cultural Arts Representatives or United Arts;
  • unsatisfactory evaluations from schools or United Arts staff; and
  • no bookings throughout the year.