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New On-Line Artist Directory Now Available

United Arts Council[Raleigh, NC]– A new on-line service created by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County makes it easy to find and hire artists from across the country. The 2014/2015 online United Arts Artist Directory gives schools in Wake County easier access to professional teaching artists in all genres and disciplines for performances, workshops and residencies for their students.

Although the primary purpose of the directory is to link schools with teaching artists, many of the artists in the directory offer adult and family programs that other organizations, communities, venues, parks, and businesses might be interested in booking. The directory is free and available to the public.

The new online directory gives users multiple ways to search for an artist or program that fits a school’s needs. “We have created an interactive, searchable system for schools and other organizations searching on-line to hire a professional teaching artist,” United Arts Program Coordinator Ragen Carlile said. “Users can search by artistic discipline, grade level, program type, cultural context or key word in a format that is easy to navigate and provides accurate and quick results. It’s much simpler and less time-consuming to find the right artist for the right job. It’s also a great tool for artists to market themselves and their work.”

To help schools book artists for a cultural arts program, United Arts offers more than $100,000 in grants each year which equates to over 160,000 hours of arts programming in close to 135 schools. For over 30 years, the “Artists in the Schools” program has placed professional artists in public, private, and charter schools in Wake County. These artists and arts organizations work as creative educational resources with faculty, students, and cultural arts representatives to implement curriculum-based arts in education programs.

In addition United Arts hold a Cultural Arts Booking Fair each year to provide a forum where artists from the directory can showcase their programs for cultural arts representative from the schools and community. This year’s Booking Fair will be August 16, 2014 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at Wakefield High School.

Artists were selected for the directory through a rigorous panel process and were evaluated by arts education specialists, professional artists, parents, and United Arts staff. United Arts performs background checks on all artists before admitting them into the directory.

The online Artist Directory is updated annually and can be found at artistdirectory.unitdarts.org.

About the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County:

Designated by Wake County Commission and the North Carolina Arts Council as Wake County’s official arts agency, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has been supporting arts and culture in Wake County for 25 years. Our mission is to build better communities through support and advocacy of the arts. The United Arts Council offers grants to schools, organizations, communities and individual artists. United Arts also provides services to the community such as advocacy, resource development, professional/leadership development and special projects. The grants, programs and services of United Arts reach over 1.2 million people annually in Wake County.

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