Artists in Schools grants are intended to help schools hire professional teaching artists to offer curriculum-based arts instruction for students in a K-12 setting and take place during the school day. Approximately 150 charter, public and private schools participate each year. See a list of participating schools in the 2020-21 school year.
Grant applications are accepted each fall. Notification of awarded amounts and the contracting process immediately follow. Grant awards do not cover the total cost of an artist fee, therefore schools also contribute funding to support the artist(s) working with their students.
To be eligible for grant funding, schools must:
- be public, charter, or nonprofit private school located in Wake County
- appoint a volunteer known as a Cultural Arts Representative
- participate in mandatory training and Artists in School Expo events
- select program(s) from our Artists in Schools Directory
- schedule programs that take place during the school day
- pay the portion of the artist fee(s) that the grant funds do not cover
The maximum grant award per school for the 2021-22 year can not exceed $1,800 and is contingent on the availability of funds. Eligible schools may apply for a maximum of four (4) grants, including:
- two performance grants with different artists (up to $400 for each)
- one workshop/residency grant (up to $500)
- one week-long writer residency grant (up to $500)
Schools provide a $100 non-refundable fee to participate in the program.
To learn more about the Artists in Schools grants use the orange menu at the top of the page or contact Julia Mastropaolo at [email protected] or (919) 839-1498, ext. 210.