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United Arts Council

Mission and History

Students dancing at Pieces of Gold performance

The arts are a powerful force in our community — forming connections, opening doors and enriching life experiences.

As a private nonprofit, United Arts has worked for more than 30 years to build a better Raleigh and Wake County through support of and advocacy for the arts.

To do this, we provide various programs and services in addition to partnering with businesses, individuals, foundations and the government to raise funds and distribute grants to schools, arts organizations and local artists.

These funds bring life-changing arts education to our schools and municipalities. They provide artists with resources and opportunities to share their work, and teachers with innovative training. These programs and services help inspire our children and community to succeed.

We are committed to developing the organizations, artists and initiatives that make an impact on our community.

Because, together, we create change.


United Arts began in 1962 with the formation of the Raleigh Cultural Center. That organization later became known as the Wake County Arts Council. In 1989, the organization merged with the Capital Area Arts Foundation, and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County was born.

PO Box 26388
Raleigh, NC 27611

Phone: (919) 839-1498
[email protected]