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Artists in Schools


2021 - 2022 Artists in Schools

Deadline to apply: May 14, 2021
Share your artistry as a teaching artist!

Professional teaching artists of all disciplines are invited to apply for inclusion in the Arts Council's 2021-2022 Artists in Schools Directory. Local, regional, and national artists are encouraged to join a program that has served Cumberland County students for over 45 years!

The AIS online, searchable directory serves as a resource for schools looking to hire vetted teaching artists for residencies, assembly performances, workshops, and virtual/online engagements. 

Artist Eligibility

Artists applications will be screened for strong educational material, artistic quality, and economic feasibility. Candidates with programs that emphasize comprehensive hands-on and multi-disciplinary programs that are linked to educational goals and standards will be prioritized for the directory.

Accepted programs will support K-12 school curriculum by providing meaningful programs that enhance the school’s educational standards. Supplementary educational materials such as study guides, teachers guide, or lesson plans are encouraged.

Application and link for fee payment:



New and returning artists must apply annually.

For more information, contact Michael Houck, Director of Grants and Allocations 910.323.1776 or

The Artists in Schools program is sponsored by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County with support from Cumberland County Public Schools, the City of Fayetteville, the County of Cumberland, the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, and private contributions from businesses and individuals.


Schools interested in participating in AIS for the 2021-2022 school year may download and application HERE.  For more information, please contact:

Michael Houck - Director of Grants and Allocations at

Application Deadline: FRIDAY - OCTOBER 1, 2021.

AIS Matching Program applications may be returned to the Arts Council by post mail, fax, or email.


Mailing Address: PO Box 318, Fayetteville, NC 28302

Fax: 910-323-1727



The AIS Directory is a tool of the Arts Council's Artist in Schools Program. All program fees and information provided in the Directory are applicable to eligible schools located in Cumberland County and Fort Bragg ONLY.


Artists available for this program are listed in the Artists in Schools Directory updated yearly 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 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 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.

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 (NEW!) – Teaching artists offer various modes of engagement through Youtube, Viemo, Zoom, and other online platforms offering instructional time for schools using a digital learning environment OR schools looking to minimize physical interaction with others

Application Deadline: FRIDAY - OCTOBER 1, 2021

Please note: This is an application only and does not guarantee funding. Applications will be reviewed and funding will be awarded based on availability of funds and artist selection.