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Artists in Schools Program

Grants to North Carolina Schools in
Eligible Areas for Arts Programming

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Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

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Grants to North Carolina public and private schools in eligible areas for arts-related programming. Funding is intended to subsidize fees for artists who offer workshops, artist residencies, assembly performances, and online or virtual engagements. The program emphasizes educational goals and standards. Local, regional, and national artists of all disciplines may participate. Schools in Cumberland County are eligible applicants.

Artists available for the AIS program are listed in the Artists in Schools Directory published annually by the Arts Council. The Artist in Schools program is comprised of multiple elements:

  • Artist Residencies: Residencies may vary depending on the needs of the school, but they generally last one to two weeks. During that time, the artist will work with a minimum of two and a maximum of five classes per day – sometimes in a single grade level. A residency creates a consistent relationship with the same students each day. The artist is expected to coordinate with educators to align with the school's curriculum objectives.
  • Workshops: Workshops may engage a single class or multiple classes in a single grade level.  A workshop is similar to a Residency but generally shorter in duration.
  • Assembly Performances: Assembly Performances vary depending on the needs of the school but usually consist of one or more performances - approximately an hour long for multiple classes of students.
  • Online/Virtual Engagements: Teaching artists offer various modes of engagement through Youtube, Zoom, Google Meet, and other online platforms offering instructional time for schools using a digital learning environment.  This option is also available to schools looking to minimize physical interaction with others.

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GrantWatch ID#: 139914

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program offers subsidies of 1/2 to 2/3 of artist fees.

Term of Contract:

Artist residencies generally last one to two weeks.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public and private schools in Cumberland County, including Fort Bragg, may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant application deadline is Friday, September 25, 2020.

Selected artists are published in a directory made available to educators in eligible schools. School representatives apply for funding for one or more programs each school year. Subsidy information and deadlines are included in the Artists In Schools Directory.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Arts Council
PO Box 318
Fayetteville, NC 28302

Or fax to 910-323-1727

Direct questions to Blanca LaCortiglia, Grants Assistant, at the email address above or call 910.323.1776.

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USA: North Carolina: Cumberland County, including Fort Bragg

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