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Artists in Schools Directory

Applications for Teaching Artists for the 2019-2020 has passed.  Deadline is annually around early May.

Click Here to view NEW artist application (artists that were not included in the 2018-2019 Directory)

Click Here to view RETURNING artist application (artists that were included in the 2018-2019 Directory)

Click the button below to pay the AIS Directory Application Fee

This Directory is a tool of the Arts Council's Artist in Schools Grant Program. All programs, fees and other information provided in the Directory apply to and are intended for the sole use of eligible Cumberland County, Fort Bragg and private schools.

For more information, contact Adrienne Trego at


Professional artists are inspiring the next generation through the arts.

Teaching artists are invited to participate in the Artists in Schools program, which offers matching grants – of 50-75 percent! – to public and private schools in Cumberland County, including Fort Bragg.

The funds help cover artist residencies, assembly performances and workshops. Educational goals and standards are emphasized. Local, regional and national artists and companies of all disciplines submit applications to be considered for the program. A local panel of teachers and administrators screen artist applicants for strong educational material, artistic value and economic feasibility.

Selected artists are published in a directory made available to educators in eligible schools. School representatives apply for funding for one or more programs. A second panel is convened to award funds.

Matching Grant information and deadlines are included in the Artists in Schools Directory.

There are two components of the Artists in Schools grants. They are:

Artist Residencies – Residencies may vary depending on the needs of the school but generally last one to two weeks. During that time the artist will work with a minimum of two and an maximum of five classes per day. A residency should be an ongoing relationship with the same students each day. The artist is expected to coordinate with the curriculum objectives of the teacher or school. (Click here for application.)

Assembly Performances & Workshops – Assembly Performances and Workshops may vary depending on the needs of the school but usually consist of one or more performances, approximately an hour long. (Click here for application.)

Need more information? E-mail Education & Outreach Director Adrienne Trego at

For previous Artists in Schools Grant Awards (as well as other Arts Council grant programs), click here.