The N.C. Arts Council understands that the arts create opportunities for success for all students in many areas of learning and life. The arts also offer teachers new strategies for engaging students in a creative learning process that stimulates leaning, improves test score and reduces drop-out rates.

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The A+ Schools Program, first established in North Carolina in 1995, has become the most successful arts school reform model in the country. A+ has since been adopted by Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, with other states showing interest in starting their own programs.

The A+ Schools Program uses the arts as a catalyst for creating connections and making schools engaging, meaningful and enjoyable places to teach and learn.

Student learning is enhanced through arts experiences, such as: cARTwheels, which offers performances for students with less access to arts experiences; the Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS) where students learn traditional arts in a hands-on after-school program; and Poetry Out Loud that encourages high school students to connect with poetry through slam poetry, spoken word, and theater.

Through our Arts in Education grant program we invest and support schools and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the use of the arts in pre-K–12 settings while Artists Residencies support more in-depth work with artists in classrooms, with an added focus on at-risk youth.

In partnership with the Department of Public Instruction and other education and cultural leaders we encourage citizen consensus about the benefits of arts in the state's education system.