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Artists in Schools Directory

Artists in Schools

The Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program offers subsidies – of 1/2 to 2/3 of artist fees! – to public and private schools in Cumberland County, including Fort Bragg.

The funds help cover artist residencies, assembly performances, workshops AND virtual/online engagements. Educational goals and standards are emphasized. Local, regional and national artists of all disciplines submit applications to our program. Artist applications are screened by experts that identify 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 each school year.

For more information, contact Blanca LaCortiglia, Grants Assistant 910.323.1776 ext. 228 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 2020-2021 school year may download and application HERE.  For more information, please contact:

Blanca LaCortiglia - Grants Assistant at

Application Deadline: FRIDAY - January 29, 2021.

AIS Matching Program applications may be returned to the Arts Council by postmail, 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 <add link to AIS Directory> published 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, Zoom, Google Meet, 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 - September 25, 2020

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.