United Arts provides funding directly to schools to aid in bringing professional teaching artists to their campuses. See a list of participating schools for the 2019-20 year.
The maximum grant award per school is $1,450 annually, contingent on the availability of funds. Grant awards do not cover the total cost of an artist fee, therefore schools also contribute funding to support artist(s) working with their students.
To be eligible for grant funding, schools must:
Be a public, charter, or nonprofit private school located in Wake County
Attend a Cultural Arts Training Session
Select program(s) from our Artists in Schools Directory
Schedule programs that take place during the school day
The Artists in Schools Directory is a catalog of programs eligible for grant funding. Each program was vetted by a panel consisting of Wake County educators, parents, and United Arts staff.
Grant applications for schools are available in early August and due in early September.
Eligible schools may apply for a maximum of four grants, including:
Two Performance Grants
Schools may apply for up to 50 percent of artist fee or $325 (whichever is less) for up to two performances by different artists.
One Workshop/Residency Grant
Schools may apply for up to 50 percent of artist fee or $400 (whichever is less) for one workshop or residency.
One Writer Residency Grant
Schools may apply for up to 50 percent of writer fee or $400 (whichever is less) for one writer residency.
To learn more about the Artists in Schools program, contact Julia Mastropaolo at [email protected] or (919) 839-1498, ext. 210.