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United Arts Council

Artists in Schools

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More than 100 teaching artists work with Wake County students each year.

Students excel when they are exposed to the arts. We see the impact in their smiles—and in their test scores. The arts can open possibilities and ignite imaginations—plus improve attendance records and motivate students to stay in school. Many young students, however, have had limited exposure to the arts.

Our Artists in Schools program offers grant funding and other support to help Wake County schools bring in professional teaching artists to implement curriculum-based arts education.  Approximately 140 public, private and charter schools throughout Wake County participate in this program.

Thanks to the Artists in Schools program, more than 120,000 Wake County school children see a theater, dance or music performance, or receive a week-long artist visit, each year.  

This year, the program will make possible:

  • 408 programs in 136 schools

  • 64 writer residencies

  • 99 teaching artist residencies and workshops

  • 245 music, dance and theater performances

Explore the Artists in Schools Directory, a catalog of programs approved by a panel that includes Wake County educators and parents. This searchable database allows users to filter and hone their search by keyword, artistic discipline, program type, grade level, and cultural context of programs.

Every August, United Arts hosts a Booking Fair, which brings together artists who participate in Artists in Schools and community members who schedule cultural arts programming.

Artist Involvement

Professional teaching artists apply to participate in Artists in Schools and to include their program in the Artists in Schools Directory.  Applications are accepted every spring; the Directory is updated annually every August.

Get involved as an artist and learn more information for artists.

Schools & Cultural Arts Representatives

Cultural arts representatives are school volunteers (parents or educators) who serve as the liaison between their school, artists and United Arts.

Resources for current representatives include guidelines, contract templates and important dates.

To learn more about the Artists in Schools program, contact Helen Meyer at hmeyer@unitedarts.org or (919) 839-1498, ext. 210.

Donate now to support the Artists in Schools program.

410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh NC 27603

Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002