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Information for Artists
The application for artists to be included in the Artist Directory is currently available.

The United Arts Council accepts applications from professional artists, including individual artists, ensembles, and arts organizations, who wish to participate in the Artists in Schools (AIS) program. Teaching artists accepted into the AIS program are included in the Artist Directory, an online catalogue of approved teaching artists used by schools, community groups, and local municipalities to identify and book artists’ programs.

Applications are accepted in the following disciplines:

  • Dance
  • Literary
  • Multi-Disciplinary
  • Music
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Storytelling
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Applications are accepted in the following program formats:

  • Performance: presentation/demonstration with audience participation
  • Workshop: a stand-alone session with hands-on participation by students
  • Residency: multiple sequential sessions working with the same group of students each session and culminating with a student product

Selection into the AIS program is competitive, involving an application process and evaluation by a panel comprised of arts education specialists, professional artists, parents, and United Arts Council staff. Applicants should submit thoughtful proposals that demonstrate relevance to today’s K-12 students and appropriateness for the target grade level(s).

Application Deadline

Artists' applications are due by 5:00pm EST on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Application Workshop Dates

If you are interested in learning more about the Artists in Schools program or the process to apply for inclusion in the Artist Directory, you are invited to attend an application workshop. Attendance is open to all artists and, while not required, is strongly suggested.

Workshops are held at the United Arts Council office, located at 410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170, in the Glenwood South neighborhood of Raleigh. To attend one of these sessions, register with Helen Meyer at hmeyer@unitedarts.org.

  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, February 20, 2015 at 10:00am
  • Monday, March 2, 2015 at 11:30am
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:30pm

Artist Application Process

Follow these steps to complete an application:

  1. Thoroughly read the Program Guidelines for Artists
  2. Preview the application form, which includes detailed instructions.
  3. Browse the online Artist Directory to identify how information provided in the application is presented in the Directory.
  4. Prepare responses and supplementary materials. Tip: first, type responses into a word processing document, then copy and paste this text when completing the online application.
  5. Open the 2015-2016 AIS Artist Application and add content. Note: you do not need to complete the online application in one sitting. You may save your progress and return later to add or edit information.
  6. Click the “submit” button at the end of the application to confirm your responses and print a copy for your records. Note: once an application is confirmed and officially submitted, it cannot be edited or updated.
  7. Pay the $30 application fee, as directed in an email you will receive after successful submission of your application.

Please note: Each program requires its own application and each artist may submit multiple applications. For example, if an artist has a program for elementary school students and for middle school students, the artist should submit two separate applications. Likewise, if an artist can provide both a performance and a residency, two separate applications should be submitted. A $30 application fee per artist is due upon the submission of the first application. Artists may submit multiple applications for one application fee.

Questions about the Artists in the Schools program or the application process should be directed to Helen Meyer at hmeyer@unitedarts.org or 919.839.1498 x210.