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Information for Artists
The application for artists to be included in the Artist Directory is not currently available. Information about the application process for the 2015-2016 school year will be available by March 1st.

The United Arts Council is accepts applications from professional artists and companies wishing to participate in the Artists in the Schools (AIS) program. Individual artists, ensembles, and arts organizations are eligible to apply for inclusion in the AIS program. Applications are accepted in the following disciplines:

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

Applicants should submit proposals that are well thought-out and carefully designed to be appropriate for school age children in grades K-12. Programs may include performances, workshops, or residencies.

Artists in the AIS program are selected through a competitive application process and are evaluated by a panel comprised of arts education specialists, professional artists, parents, and United Arts Council staff.

Teaching artists accepted into the Artists in the Schools program are included in the Artist Directory, which is a an online catalogue of approved teaching artists used by schools, community groups, and local municipalities to identify and book artists.

Application Deadline

Artists' applications are due Spring 2015. More information about the application process will be available by March 1st.

Application Workshop Dates

Teaching artists interested in learning more about the Artists in the Schools program and the online application process are invited to attend an application workshop. This session will address all of the steps in applying for the online directory. Attendance is not required but is strongly suggested. Three application workshops will be held at the new United Arts office at 410 Glenwood Avenue Suite 170 in the Glenwood South neighborhood of Raleigh. Please RSVP to Helen Meyer at

  • Wednesday, March 26 11:30 am
  • Saturday, March 29 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, April 1 6:30 pm

Artist Application Process

The artist application for the Artists in the Schools program is now an online application. Here's how to apply:

  1. Thoroughly read the Program Guidelines.
  2. Review a sample online application.
  3. Complete your responses to the application questions in a word processing document.
  4. Paste and attach your responses into the online Artist Application.
  5. Please note that you do not need to complete the online application at one time. You may save your partial application and return to add or edit information until you officially submit your application.
  6. Submit the online application
  7. Once you click the submit button at the bottom of the application, you will have the opportunity to confirm your responses and print out a copy for your records.
  8. Submit the $30 application fee. (Artists may submit multiple program applications for one fee.)

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 or 919.839.1498 x210.