The Arts Council is a proud community partner with ArtistYear/AmeriCorps and Moore County Schools to place recent higher-education arts graduates at high-needs Title I schools as full-time teaching artists. Creative disciplines include actors, creative writers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists. Each Fellow is paired with a teacher to provide 1,700 hours of arts education. This innovative strategy significantly bolsters arts education for our most vulnerable youth, while improving student academic and socio-emotional development, enhancing school climate and capacity, benefiting the larger community, and developing a new generation of Citizen-Artists steeped in service. This is our state’s first volunteer program for artists and the first program of its kind to serve our rural communities.
Eugene Cottrell is the lead for ArtistYear NC.