Individual artists, ensembles, and arts organizations are eligible to apply. Artists must:
- Have either a BA or BFA in theatre, dance, music, or visual arts OR the equivalent in training or experience. Writers must have a college degree and evidence of professional writing experience
- Be active in a professional community and regularly perform/exhibit/publish in their discipline
- Demonstrate ability and skills to work in an educational setting with K–12 students
- Be an adult; have only adult group members
Returning artists must have satisfactory evaluations from past participation in Artists in Schools.
Programs must focus on at least one of the following artistic disciplines:
- Visual Arts
Strong connection to a non-arts disciplines (e.g. history, languages, STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math]) is encouraged but not required. Programs focusing on areas such as acrobatics, aerobic dance, art therapy, clowning, cosmetology, juggling, karaoke, magic, and martial arts are not eligible to apply.
- be of high artistic merit
- reflect the artist’s professional training and experience
- place primary emphasis on teaching students about or through an arts discipline
- offer more than what a classroom/arts teacher could provide
- be appropriate for students in the grade levels that participate
- support educational guidelines as set forth in the Common Core curriculum and North Carolina Essential Standards. These curriculum standards can be found at http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/curriculum/
- have supplementary educational materials (study guides, teacher guides, lesson plans, etc.) provided to the school before the program
- occur on school premises
- occur during a school’s regular hours (unless otherwise arranged with United Arts).
- have set rates for ALL related expenses (either folded into fee or listed), including travel, food, lodging and supplies.
Programs must fit into one of the following formats:
Performance: a musical, dramatic, dance or other presentation that educates and entertains an audience.
Format: presentation/demonstration with audience participation. If a program is not suited for lecture/demonstration, then the artist must provide cultural/artistic context through introductory, concluding and/or transitional remarks. A brief question and answer session may be included if desired.
Timing: 45–60 minutes
Workshop/Residency: instructional session(s) that actively involve(s) students in participatory work.
- Workshop Format: a stand-alone session, or a session in conjunction with a performance (i.e. a "companion" workshop). Venues range from classrooms to media centers and may involve several classes at one time.
- Workshop Timing: at least one 45–60 minute instructional session.
- Residency Format: multiple sequential sessions, working with the same group of students each session and culminating with a student product (i.e. dance, dramatization, anthology, artwork, "informance").
- Residency Timing: at least three instructional sessions, each lasting 45–60 minutes. Residencies do not have to be scheduled on consecutive school days. United Arts must pre-approve any schedule variation.
Writer Residency: sequential instructional sessions focused on student writing.
- Format: multiple sequential sessions working with the same group of students each session.
- Timing: each session lasts 45–60 minutes with each student receiving approximately five contact hours. A writer residency may be scheduled on consecutive school days or it may be spread out over a period of time (e.g. every Monday for five weeks).
A Workshop/Residency option for programs specifically modified for students with disabilities program was piloted in 2018-19. Program offerings for 2020-21 will continue to be reviewed separately.