A+ Schools Program/ UNCG Excellence Foundation

Funded in January, 2008: $50000 for 2 years
The A+ Schools Program received funding to conduct comprehensive training for 44 teaching artists in two rural regions (11 counties) of North Carolina. The purpose of the training is to increase the capacity of Teaching Artists to conduct residency programs that integrate their art form with state-mandated curriculum in PK-12 public schools. The project will impact approximately 4,000 students and 340 teachers in 13 A+ Schools.In each region, 22 teaching artists will be recruited in collaboration with local arts councils.  After attending a four-day training Institute, participants will work with facilitators to develop their own three-day integrated residency plan.  They then pilot that residency in a regional A+ school. While piloting their residency, TAs are paired with another Institute participant, each serving as process observer for the other.  A one-day follow-up meeting will be held in each region for participants to review and reflect upon their residencies.  The ultimate goal of the project is to build the capacity for the creation of a sustainable network of arts professionals and educators in rural areas of North Carolina.