Artists in Schools Matching Grant Program


PatronMail_VideoClick_AIS_180Students are learning centrifugal force by watching circus performers. They’re embracing women’s history through music. … Because of the Arts Council, our children are experiencing education through all disciplines of art in our community.

The Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program offers matching grants – of 50-66 percent! – to public and private schools in Cumberland County, including Fort Bragg. Last year over 40 schools participated in the program.

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.AIS_Dir_Cover_Web400r

Click here to see the 2016-2017 Artists in Schools Directory. (Please be patient while this large file opens.) Hard copies were delivered to area schools in August 2016.  A special thank-you to NC Senator Wesley Meredith for sponsoring this year’s directory!

For Artists:

If you are an artist interested in being part of the 2017-2018 Directory, applications are now available!

New artists – click here
Returning artists – click here

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

For Schools:

Matching Grant information and deadlines are included in the Artists In Schools Directory. Be sure that your school is informed about our Artist In Schools Education Program. Artists in Schools is a matching grant program for artist residencies, assembly performances or workshops. Artists available for this program are listed in the Artists in Schools Directory published yearly by the Arts Council. 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.

Grant Funding – The Arts Council and the selected school each provide 50% of the artist’s fee.

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.

Schools: Click here for form fillable performance applications.
Click here for form fillable residency applications.

Grant Funding – The Arts Council and the selected school each provide 50% of the artist’s fee.

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


Click here to see Arts In Education in action!

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