Selection Criteria

Artist Eligibility

Individual artists, ensembles, and arts organizations are eligible to apply. Artists must:

  • Have either a BA or BFA in theatre, dance, music, or visual arts OR the equivalent in training or experience. Writers must have a college degree and evidence of professional writing experience
  • Be active in a professional community and regularly perform/exhibit/publish in their discipline
  • Demonstrate ability and skills to work in an educational setting with K–12 students
  • Be an adult; have only adult group members

Returning artists must have satisfactory evaluations from past participation in Artists in Schools.

 

Program Criteria

Programs must focus on at least one of the following artistic disciplines:

  • Dance
  • Literary
  • Music
  • Storytelling
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

They may have strong connections to non-arts disciplines (e.g. history, languages, STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math]).  Programs focusing on areas such as acrobatics, aerobic dance, art therapy, clowning, cosmetology, juggling, karaoke, magic, and martial arts are not eligible for inclusion.

Programs must:

  • Be of high artistic merit
  • Reflect the artist’s professional training and experience
  • Place primary emphasis on teaching students about or through an arts discipline
  • Offer more than what a classroom/arts teacher could provide
  • Be appropriate for students in the grade levels that participate
  • Support educational guidelines as set forth in the Common Core curriculum and North Carolina Essential Standards. These curriculum standards can be found at http://www.learnnc.org/scos/
  • Have supplementary educational materials (study guides, teacher guides, lesson plans, etc.) provided to the school before the program
  • Occur on school premises
  • Occur during the school’s regular hours (unless otherwise arranged with United Arts).
  • Have set rates for ALL expenses, including travel, food, lodging and supplies

 

Program Types

Programs must fit into the following formats: 

PERFORMANCE: a musical, dramatic, dance or other presentation that educates and entertains an audience.

  • Format:  presentation/demonstration with audience participation. If a program is not suited for lecture/demonstration, then the artist must provide cultural/artistic context through introductory, concluding and/or transitional remarks.
  • Timing:  45–60 minutes.

WORKSHOP/RESIDENCY: instructional session(s) that actively involve(s) students in participatory work.

  • Workshop Format: a stand-alone session, or a session in conjunction with a performance (i.e. a "companion" workshop).  Venues range from classrooms to media centers and may involve several classes at one time.
  • Workshop Timing: at least one 45–60 minute instructional session.
  • Residency Format: multiple sequential sessions, working with the same group of students each session.  It culminates with a student product (i.e. dance, dramatization, anthology, artwork, "informance").
  • Residency Timing: at least three instructional sessions, each lasting 45–60 minutes.  Residencies do not have to be scheduled on consecutive school days.  United Arts must pre-approve any schedule variation. 

WRITER RESIDENCY:  sequential instructional sessions focused on student writing.

  • Format: multiple sequential sessions working with the same group of students each session.
  • Timing: each session lasts 45–60 minutes with each student receiving approximately five contact hours.  A writer residency may be scheduled on consecutive school days or it may be spread out over a period of time (e.g. every Monday for five weeks).