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United Arts Council

Artists in Schools

Silver Trout puppet
More than 100 teaching artists work with Wake County students each year.
Information for Schools
and Cultural Arts Representatives
Information for Participating
and Prospective Artists

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, Artists in Schools made 413 programs in 150 schools possible, including:

  • 54 writer residencies

  • 97 teaching artist residencies and workshops

  • 262 music, dance and theater performances

High School Master Classes 
In addition to our longstanding work in elementary and middle schools, United Arts launched its high school master class program in 2015. Master Classes offer opportunities for students to interact with professional artists for a short, intensive experience. Learn more about high school master classes.

Program-wide Resources
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.

To learn more about the Artists in Schools program, contact Julia Mastropaolo at [email protected] 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