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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.

Artists in Schools
As a way to increase exposure to the arts, United Arts offers grant funding to support performances, workshop/residencies, and writer residencies during school hours. Professional teaching artists develop and implement these curriculum-based arts programs.

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.

For the 2018-19 year, United Arts supported 420 programs in 150 schools. Programs included:

  • 46 weeks of writer residencies
  • 101 teaching artist residencies and workshops
  • 273 music, dance and theater performances

To learn more about the Artists in Schools program, contact Julia Mastropaolo at [email protected] or (919) 839-1498, ext. 210.

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.

To learn more about the High School Master Classes, contact Ragen Carlile at [email protected] or (919) 839-1498, ext. 209.

410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh NC 27603

Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002