Eleanor Oakley, President and CEO of United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, released the following statement:
United Arts Council is fortunate to work with many businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals. Our longest and deepest relationship is with the Wake County Public School System. We grant money to 150 schools each year for arts programming and arts-related field trips. We provide arts integration training for teachers across the county. We partner with the school system in producing Pieces of Gold, the annual student talent showcase.
Even more important is what Wake County schools give us and what we can all do together. We work with the people in these schools on a daily basis. The teachers and the students are friends, family, and neighbors to all of us. The students are also our future artists, business leaders, and teachers.
Teachers and students all deserve more. They deserve more staff support in the schools in the form of nurses and counselors and teaching assistants and specials teachers. They deserve to feel safe. And they deserve more arts, a critical component of children’s development.
United Arts supports teachers and supporters of public education on May 16 as they call on the NC General Assembly to do more for the teachers and students in our state. Because they deserve it. We all do.
For more information, contact Karla Heinen at [email protected] or (919) 839-1498, ext. 211.
The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, based in Raleigh, NC, was incorporated in 1990. Our mission is to build better communities through the support and advocacy of the arts. For the 2017/18 school year United Arts is helping bring in teaching artists to 150 schools in Wake County through its Artists in Schools program. The United Arts Council also offers grants to organizations, communities and individual artists and provides services to the community such as advocacy, resource development, professional/leadership development and special projects.