Annual Requirements

Once artists are accepted into Artists in Schools (AIS), they must adhere to the following annual expectations in order to participate and maintain involvement.

Artist Agreement

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

Artist Participation Fee

Artists pay an annual fee ($40) to renew participation in Artists in Schools. Artists may pay online or mail a check and an invoice.

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 must submit to United Arts the full legal names and birth dates of all individuals and group members who could facilitate a program listed in the Directory, and submit names and birth dates when new artist members or substitutes are added during the year. United Arts uses this personal information solely to check artists in the National Sex Offender Public Website. Once cleared, individuals are added to the United Arts Council Cleared Artist List, which is distributed to school principals. Only the individuals included on this list are approved AIS Artists and permitted on an AIS school campus.

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


The policies of Wake County Public School System require that vendors and presenters carry certificate of liability. United Arts’ certificate of liability insurance covers AIS artists only when they facilitate AIS events that are contracted through United Arts.

Photo Release

United Arts reserves the right to photograph artists when they are engaged in AIS activities, such as at the Cultural Arts Booking Fair or during a United Arts-supported program in a school. Photos may be used on United Arts’ website and other marketing materials.

Review of Artist & Program

Schools submit evaluations after each AIS program.  United Arts reviews these evaluations and shares evaluation summaries with artists after the school year concludes.  Additionally, United Arts staff frequently visits schools in order to see 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 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; and
  • no bookings throughout the year.