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Artists in Schools: Teaching Artist

Opportunity to Wake County, North Carolina Teaching
Artists to Engage K-12 Students in the Arts

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United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

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Opportunity for Wake County, North Carolina teaching artists to engage K-12 students in the arts. Successful applicants will be included in a directory of professional artists that can lead arts programs in Wake County schools. Artists that are accepted into the program are also eligible to participate in the annual Culture Arts Booking Fair. Artistic programs must align with at least one of the following artistic disciplines: of dance, music, literary, storytelling, visual art, and theatre.

The Artists in Schools program is a partnership between professional teaching artists, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, and Wake County schools. Artists and arts organizations work as creative educational resources with faculty, students, and cultural arts representatives to implement curriculum-based arts in education programs. A selection panel reviews all new programs to assess an applicant’s artistic expertise and proficiency in leading an educational program in a school setting.

The Artists in Schools Directory is an online catalog of performance, workshop, and residency programs. Each approved program has an individual webpage with information about the artist, contact information, and details about the program. Users may search the Directory by keyword, artistic discipline, program type, grade level, and cultural context of program. The Directory is updated annually every August.

The Cultural Arts Booking Fair occurs annually each August, bringing together artists and community members who schedule cultural arts programming. More than 80 artists who currently are part of the United Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program participate. Participating artists have booths set up in a trade-show format, where attendees can meet artists and learn more about programs listed in the Artist Directory.

Programs must fit into one of the following formats:
- Performance: a musical, dramatic, dance or other presentation that educates and entertains an audience.
- Workshop or Residency: instructional session(s) that actively involve(s) students in participatory work.
- Writer Residency: sequential instructional sessions focused on student writing.

Strong connection to a non-arts disciplines (e.g. history, languages, STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math]) is encouraged but not required.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185738

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Artists accepted into the AIS program are included in the Artist in Schools Directory and are eligible to participate in the annual Cultural Arts Booking Fair.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Professional teaching artists (individual artists, ensembles, and arts organizations) are eligible to apply to participate in the Artists in Schools (AIS) program.

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 focusing on areas such as acrobatics, aerobic dance, art therapy, clowning, cosmetology, juggling, karaoke, magic, and martial arts are not eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Are you a teaching artist? Want to have fun and make a difference by bringing your artistry into Wake County schools? Join for one of three information sessions and then apply to be in the super spectacular artist directory! Sessions for the 2019-20 program will be offered:
- Thursday, February 21 at 2:00 pm
- Tuesday, February 26 at 4:00 pm
- Thursday, February 28 at 10:00 am

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for both new applications and application renewals for the 2019-20 year is Friday, May 3, 2019.
- New applicants should submit the online application.
- Artists interested in renewing should email Julia Mastropaolo for a link to your renewal form.

Fee: A fee of $40 is required before an application may be processed. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of applications submitted. After submitting the first application, an artist is expected to make their onetime $40 annual payment. Artists may pay online or submit an invoice if paying by check. Payment is expected with the first application or renewal to be submitted.

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To inquire about this program, contact Julia Mastropaolo at or (919) 839-1498 x210.

United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County
410 Glenwood Ave Suite 170
Raleigh NC 27603
Phone 919.839.1498

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USA: North Carolina: Wake County