Arts Education

Arts access is proven to increase test scores, improve attendance, increase graduation rates, and reduce crimes, yet, access to arts programs decreases as students reach middle and high school. Learn about programs championing arts integration for all, and how you can advocate for arts access for every student throughout their primary and secondary education.

Local Arts Integration Programs

A+ Schools

A+ Schools of North Carolina is a whole-school transformation model that views the arts as fundamental to teaching and learning. Our schools develop a creative culture in which the state’s mandated curriculum is taught through collaboration and multidisciplinary integration, with the arts continuously woven into every child’s learning experience. Learn More>>

Kennedy Center Partner in Education Programs

LEAF Community Arts as a team with Buncombe County Schools (BCS) are John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Partners in Education Program. The SHARED purpose of LEAF and BCS as Kennedy Center – Partners in Education is to support teaching and learning by modeling the value of the arts integration and global awareness in all areas of education for lifelong, continued, and relevant learning. Learn More>>


TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools) is an arts-integration program that implements high quality artist residencies to create craft and performance experiences across all curriculum. Learn More>>

Teacher, Parent, & Student Resources

State Initiatives & Resources

Comprehensive Arts Education

Comprehensive Arts Education (CAE) is a multi-faceted approach to arts education as an integral part of the sound basic education that is the right of every child in North Carolina.

NC Classroom Size and Arts Education

Arts NC has been active on the issue of K-3 classroom size requirements and how it relates to Arts Education (visual, music, theatre, dance) with purposeful advocacy and strategic alliances.

Arts Graduation Requirement

Arts NC has been working to establish a single arts credit requirement for graduation from high school in North Carolina for over a decade. 

Learn more about these initiatives and the work being done at the state level by visiting the Arts NC Arts Education page.

Federal Initiatives & Resources