The cARTwheels program is on hiatus for FY 2021-22

The cARTwheels program provides high quality stage performances and residency experiences to students across the state. cARTwheels engagements typically include:

  • A teacher workshop (required, two to three hours): to help teachers create entry ways for their students to the performance, and to implement program concepts into the classroom.
  • Live performances: two 50-minute, high quality, age-appropriate performances that engage students’ imaginations. These performances will be presented at local performance venues.
  • Residency activities in the schools and in the community as per selected artist's description on the roster.
  • Study guides to introduce students to the performance. Guides include activities and resources that make curricular connections and facilitate extensions in the classroom.

Allowable Expenses
Grant funds can only be used for cARTwheels artist fees as noted. These fees include all artist expenses (artistic fees, travel, lodging, meals and supply costs). Each grantee will enter contracts directly with companies. To fulfill the matching requirement, applicants will cover: 1) all venue expenses, including items on the technical rider, and 2) student transportation. Please indicate these costs in your project budget. The total grant request cannot exceed the cARTwheels artist fee listed.

How We Make Funding Decisions

cARTwheels grants will be selected based on the following criteria. Additionally, priority will be given to applicants in Tier 1 counties and applicants that have not received cARTwheels grants during the most recent grant cycle.

  • A record of strong partnership and planning between a venue, the schools, and the organizations comprising the host team.
  • School and/or district commitment to professional development for teachers.
  • Commitment of the host site team to participate in all aspects of the program.
  • Financial commitment for program costs not covered by the Arts Council grant, including venue costs and student transportation to performances.
  • Ability to take on local responsibility for the program.
  • Efficiency of routing and tour scheduling.

How to Apply

NOTE: Applicants cannot submit proposals in both AIE grant categories. They must choose either cARTwheels or Artist Residencies

Applicants will submit the form electronically through the GO Smart portal ( Applicants will be asked to provide the following information on the application form. Information must address the funding criteria.

  1. Identify the host team (school representatives, a venue partner and/or a sponsor such as a local arts council). Include the names of organizations and the primary staff that will organize the cARTwheels program in your community.
  2. Describe the working history between the various host team members, including the planning process to ensure that the team will host a successful cARTwheels program.
  3. Explain how cARTwheels fits into the overall plan for professional development for school personnel in the coming year. Include information about how you will promote and encourage attendance at the teacher workshop. 
  4. Indicate your preference between the artistic companies and why you have made that choice. Please be aware that the Arts Council will make every effort to honor your choice; however, we award grants based on many factors, including efficiency and scheduling. Indicating a preference does not guarantee award of that specific company.

Support Materials

Upload signed letters of intent from all partner organizations in the host team. Letters of intent must include: 1) the names of the schools participating in the program and their commitment to participate in all program components, including the teacher workshop; 2) an estimated number of students who will participate in the program; and 3) partners’ commitments to cover the additional expenses associated with the program activities, such as venue costs and student transportation to a performance.

cARTwheels Roster


Kathleen Collier
Arts in Education Director & Accessibility Coordinator
(919) 814-6515
Email Kathleen