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United Arts Council

Current Grantee List

The most recent programming grant recipients are:

Arts for Municipalities Grants

  • Concert Singers of Cary
    To support and enrich the Wake County community by presenting six vocal music concerts from many traditions that inspire and educate the community.
  • PineCone: Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
    To support three free roots/folk/traditional music concerts in Wake Forest's E Carroll Joyner Park.
  • Town of Cary
    To support the Town of Cary's long-standing arts and crafts festivals-Lazy Daze and Spring Daze
  • Town of Fuquay Varina
    To support Arts Inspired and provide community focused arts education programming for students of all ages in Fuquay-Varina and surrounding communities.
  • Town of Garner
    To support the 2017-2018 It's Showtime! performance series.
  • Town of Knightdale
    To support the Town of Knightdale furthering implementing art, diverse programs, and securing community partnerships as part of new and recurring programs and events.
  • Town of Wake Forest
    To support the free community arts programming series in downtown Wake Forest.
  • Towne Players of Garner
    To support four community-based theatre productions at the Garner Performing Arts Center.

Arts Services Grants

  • Arts Access
    To support audio description services and other efforts to increase access to Wake County's thriving arts community for children and adults and disabilities.
  • Classical Voice of North Carolina
    To support CVNC.org, a professional online arts journal.

Cultural Access Grants

  • African American Cultural Festival
    To support the planning and presentation of the 2017 African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County, a two-day, outdoor festival held Labor Day Weekend in downtown Raleigh.
  • Artspace
    To support Artspace's Day of the Dead programming, celebrating Mexican culture and art.
  • Diamante
    To support the 2018 Ritmo Latino Festival in Cary.
  • El Pueblo
    To support La Fiesta del Pueblo 2017, Raleigh's largest and most diverse celebration of Latin American culture and arts.
  • Hum Sub
    To support the Cary Diwali 2017 event, which promotes arts and education about the cultural and social traditions of India.
  • MOJOAA Performing Arts Company
    To support Voices of the Ancestors, a theatre program based on the oral tradition of storytelling that will teach history preservation, local history and connect youth and seniors in the African American community.
  • North Carolina Museum of History Associates
    To support the 22nd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration and the 17th Annual African American Cultural Celebration.
  • Raleigh Little Theatre
    To support Raleigh Little Theatre's production of "Crowns", a gospel musical
  • The Justice Theater Project
    To support "A Soldier's Play", "Black Nativity" and"Oliver" 
  • Visual Art Exchange (VAE)
    To support "Black On Black V2", an exhibition and suite of programming designed to showcase, engage, and empower curators, artists and community members of color.

New Generation Grants

  • Capital City Steppers
    To support African American culture, wholesome relationships, movement, and educational opportunities through the art form of a dance called Chicago Steppin’.
  • Cary Playwrights’ Forum
    To support the development of original work by dramatic writers in NC through educational workshops; regular feedback sessions with other playwrights, actors, and directors; and the opportunity to collaborate with allied artists in periodic staged readings.
  • Oak City Voices
    To support an all-women ensemble, performing a varied repertoire of classical to contemporary, with the goal of fostering, promoting, and embracing our love of music through song.
  • The Gifted Arts
    To support 2nd-12th grade youth in their discovery to transcend limitations and embrace purpose, build confidence and attain academic success through engagement in the performing arts.

School Grants

  • Banks Road Elementary
    To support a residency with mural artist Jennifer Wood for 5th grade students to design and create a legacy mural that integrates visual art, reading, writing and social studies curriculum.
  • Bugg Elementary
    To support Kim Silbaugh’s Lights, Green Screen, Virtual Reality residency with 4th grade students that integrates App Smashing Green Screen and 3-D Virtual Reality with their North Carolina Wax Museum.
  • Garner High
    To support Dialogue > Discourse > Discord, a multiple projector, domed, 360 degree video installation project designed to work as a digital learning space available to all students and teachers across all disciplines in our school.
  • Jeffreys Grove Elementary
    To support a residency with Shannon Newby to integrate art and science for our 1st graders and create a large scale legacy Coral Reef out of recycled materials to be displayed at our school.
  • Ligon Middle
    To support a residency with Story Tapestries artist, Arianna Ross, which will integrate the Visual and Language Arts in the creation of a studio project and culminate in a gallery showing for our community.
  • Lockhart Elementary
    To support a residency with Living Rhythms, a cultural arts company, for upper grade students to design and create a West African drumming and dancing  performance that integrates all core curriculum.
  • Millbrook High
    To support collaborative unit planning for the design of New Media Arts curriculum, a hybrid visual arts studio and digital technology lab experiment, and formation of a student facilitators group.
  • Rogers Lane Elementary
    To support an arts integrated science and math residency with Jeannette Brossart for fifth grade students.
  • Wakelon Elementary
    To support two writing residencies with Tony Peacock, during which the 4th and 5th grade students will enhance their narrative writing.
  • Wendell Elementary
    To support a science integrated artist residency with Shannon Newby for our fifth grade students.
  • Zebulon Middle
    To support a residency by Story Tapestries that will include an assembly performance, professional development for the entire staff, and a 7th grade residency on writing realistic fiction that will culminate in an Authors Cafe.

Youth Arts Grants

  • Artspace
    To support the Summer Arts Program for youth ages 5-16, our Process & Product program which incorporates arts into STEM learning, and other youth programs.
  • Arts Together
    To support dance, drama, visual arts, and multi-arts school year classes for children aged 3-18 and summer camps for children aged 3-12.
  • Burning Coal Theatre Company
    To support KidsWrite, Summer Theatre Conservatories for middle and high school students, New York City Schools' Tours, a year-long internship program for high school students, and the creation of comprehensive study guides for each mainstage production.
  • CAM Raleigh
    To support CAM Raleigh's Docent Program, an after-school program for fifth graders and middle school students that uses art as a vehicle to strengthen creativity, critical thinking, leadership, teamwork, and confidence.
  • Community Music School
    To support private music lessons, ensemble experience, and focused skill-building workshops at low or no cost to children with limited financial resources in Wake County.
  • Kidznotes
    To support Kidznotes' Wake County Expansion of 80 additional students to serve a total of 210 students from five Title I elementary schools located in Southeast Raleigh.
  • Marbles Kids Museum
    To support Marbles' Guest Star Artist series will offer museum visitors the chance to playfully engage with the arts through participatory performances, hands-on exploration and interaction with local arts professionals.
  • North Carolina Arts in Action
    To support the creation of a Saturday program called LEAP (Learning Excellence and Perseverance) in Wake County to reach 500 underserved fifth and sixth grade students.
  • North Carolina Theatre
    To support a year-round Conservatory for youth ages 5-18 and extensive outreach programs partnering with agencies and schools throughout Wake County.
  • North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre
    To support theatre classes and summer camps for youth ages K-12.
  • Performance Edge
    To support a series of workshops and an intensive summer camp designed to provide vocal training, stage presence, and other performance skills for students in grades 8-12.
  • Philharmonic Association
    To support weekly music ensemble training in Philharmonic Association string orchestras, full orchestras, chamber ensembles and jazz ensembles for school aged youth in Wake County.
  • Raleigh Boychoir
    To support the Raleigh Boychoir's continuing mission to provide vocal music education and performance opportunities for all school aged boys.
  • Raleigh Little Theatre
    To support after-school and weekend classes, summer camps, and workshops; a series of shows appealing to families; and an outreach program.
  • Visual Art Exchange
    To support artSPARK street painting at SPARKcon 2016 and Project Postcard, a showcase of artwork by Wake County students in the windows of arts venues in Raleigh's Warehouse District.
  • Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra
    To support access to string orchestra instruments and instruction to Pre-K through 12th grade youth in the Town of Wake Forest and surrounding Wake County municipalities.

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