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United Arts Council

Artists in Schools

Yvette Lewis and child
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 to bring in professional teaching artists into approximately 140 public, private and charter schools throughout Wake County to implement curriculum-based arts education.

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

Get involved with Artists in Schools as an artist.

Explore the Artist Directory, a catalogue of programs approved by a panel that includes Wake County Public School System staff. This searchable database allows users to filter by keyword, artistic discipline, program type, grade level, and cultural context of program. The Directory is updated annually every August.

Learn more about becoming a cultural arts representative for your child’s school.

For current Cultural Arts Representatives, see 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