In our increasingly global society the future belongs to those who can effectively process information. The arts provide a way for children to develop the critical and creative thinking skills they will need to compete in real world situations. Research shows that arts-infused instruction builds parental involvement, encourages self-esteem, instills community values and increases student achievement both in the classroom and on standardized tests.
The Artists-in-the-Schools program is a partnership between the Johnston County Arts Council and Johnston County Schools. This comprehensive arts in education program is designed to utilize the arts to reinforce and expand basic curriculum through exposure to performances, hands-on workshops, and residencies with professional artists. AITS is available to all schools for the enrichment of the lives of all Johnston County students, grades K-12. The Artists-in-the-Schools program focuses on the arts as a tool for learning and cultural enrichment.
Since its inception in 1999, Artists-in-the-Schools has…
• Funded over 1,300 cultural events for Johnston County Schools
• Placed more than 175 artists from around the world in the schools
• Raised over $1,240,000 for the Artists-in-the-Schools program!
End-of-year evaluations from teachers and principals continually demonstrate the success and need for the Artists-in-the-Schools program. During the 2011-12 school year, 100% of schools reported that they would be unable to offer these cultural events without Artists-in-the-Schools funding. On a scale with 5.0 being “very satisfied,” the Artists-in-the-Schools program received a…
4.8 score on overall program satisfaction
4.7 score on meeting teaching objectives
4.7 score on student learning
**The Johnston County Artists-in-the-Schools Program is modeled on the Artists in the Schools program of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and is supported in part by services provided by United Arts.
The 2012-13 year marks the 14th year of Artists-in-the-Schools Program in the Johnston County Schools!
Monthly Programs - February 2013
Artists-in-the-Schools program has become an integral part of the Johnston County Schools and reaches over 32,000 students in grades K-12.
Anyone interested in observing any performances should call the school to request permission and confirm the date and time of the performance. The Artists-in-the-Schools Program is a partnership between the Johnston County Arts Council and the local schools, as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors.
Burning Coal Theatre will be in residency at Neuse Charter School on February 1, 2, 6, and 7, 8 and 9, 2012 from 9am- 1:30pm. This residency will allow students to experience that Shakespeare can be fun.
Mad Science will perform at Benson Elementary on February 3, 2012 at 1:15pm the program “Up, Up and Away” and at 2:30 the program “Fire and Ice” for students.
Bright Star Children’s Theatre will perform “American Dreams” at Riverwood Elementary on February 8, 2012 at 9:00am and 10:00am.
The African American Dance Ensemble will perform at Wilson’s Mills Elementary on February 8, 2012 at 9:15am. This program uses a blend of artistry, athleticism, dynamism, and explosive energy to teach students African Dance Traditions and African Drumming.
Ramon Kenan will perform “The Satchmo Show- When Pops was Tops” at Benson Middle on February 13, 2012 at 2:00pm. The program will be about the life and influence of the legendary jazz figure, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.
John McHugh will perform “Exploring Ireland” at Benson Elementary on February 13, 2012 at 9:30am. Students will explore Ireland through folk tales and music of the Emerald Isle.
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble will perform “Keeping the Beat” at River Dell Elementary on February 17, 2012 at 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Students will experience the multi-cultural origins of percussive dance forms that developed in North America. The ryhthms and melodies of African, African-American, and Native American dancing, drumming, music and song, integrated with European stepdancing and fiddle traditions to create southern Appalachain clogging and tap will be demonstrated.
Joe Edwards will guide Corinth Holders High School students through hand-building demonstrations showing techniques developed by a professional production sculptor on February 23, 2012.
Transit will perform at Princeton Middle/High on February 23, 2012 at 8:30am and 9:30am. This performance will show the power of the human voice to transform any music into something new and exciting.
Joe Edwards will guide Clayton High School students through hand-building demonstrations showing techniques developed by a professional production sculptor on February 24, 2012.
Bright Star Children’s Theatre will perform “Harriett Tubman” on February 24, 2012 at McGee’s Crossroads Elementary at 9:15am.
Bright Star Children’s Theatre will perform “Once Upon a Time” and “Harriett Tubman” on February 24, 2012 at Glendale-Kenly Elementary at 1:00pm and 2:15pm.
Bright Star Children’s Theatre will perform “Cyber-Bullying” on February 27, 2012 at Cleveland Middle at 8:45am, 9:45am, and 10:45am.
Bright Star Children’s Theatre will perform “Harriet Tubman” on February 28, 2012 at 2:00pm. at McGee’s Crossroads Middle.