cARTwheels

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.
  • 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 schools and in community.
  • Study guides to introduce students to the performance. Guides include activities and resources that make curricular connections and facilitate extensions in the classroom.

Roster for the 2018 – 2019 School Year


A Tour of Jazz, performed by the John Brown Little Big Band
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $9,000
Technical Rider: PDF
Contact: jb@jbjazz.com or (919) 616-9500
Recommended for grades 3 through 12
Website

This rousing Big Band performance features music that shows the big reach of jazz music and takes students on a "tour" of jazz. During this interactive concert, the band first performs selections to introduce students to the different sounds instruments and styles within the genre of jazz music. Students will get a taste of swing, latin jazz, bebop, and traditional jazz, and they will hear how jazz musicians transform tunes to turn them into jazz pieces. They will groove along the whole time, and even get to sing along and dance! The high-energy performance will highlight the music of at least one of the legendary North Carolina native jazz musicians (i.e. John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Nina Simone, Max Roach, etc.) and will help students realize how they are all a part of North Carolina when it comes to jazz!

This performance also highlights music from artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and Duke Ellington's music inspired by Shakespeare and his adaptations of the Nutcracker Suite. Brand new versions of some classic standards and the band's own arrangements of some of today's popular and contemporary music will help bridge the musical gap, while showing similarities through the generations. This concert experience will be one the students will remember! The John Brown Big Band packs a punch that will show the power of a jazz ensemble and will be a finger-snapping, toe-tapping good time for everyone!


Bailes de Ida y Vuelta (Dances of Comings and Goings), performed by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $9,000
Technical Rider: PDF
Contact: Santana@flamenco-vivo.org or (919) 479-9940
Recommended for grades 4 through 12
Website

Bailes de Ida y Vuelta (Dances of Comings and Goings) shows the lightheartedness of Latino inspired flamenco dances reflecting centuries of cultural exchange between Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. Although flamenco is known for its zapateado (footwork), the dance was introduced by the people of Mexico and taken back to Spain where the Spanish claimed it as their own. In this show, the Mexican dance La Bamba, illustrates the blending of Spanish, indigenous, and African cultures. The Colombianas highlight the cumbia’s flowing colorful skirts and swaying turns of the body. The Milonga / Vidalita shows the strong pride of the Argentinian Tango, and the Guajiras transport you to warm days in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Bailes de Ida y Vuelta introduces students to the multicultural art form of flamenco while integrating NC Standards in Social Studies, ELA, Dance, Music as well as the Spanish language. The performances can be followed by up to two student workshops for 30 students each. Participants gain hands-on experience with basic flamenco techniques but also exercise social-emotional skills such as collaborating with peers to learn a group choreography, creative problem solving as they learn something new and communicating emotion through dance, rhythm and song. The program includes a three hour professional development session for classroom teachers prior to the performance to introduce age-appropriate curricular connections.


Animalia, performed by Hobey Ford
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $6,500
Technical Rider: PDF
Contact: Susan Lounsbury: susan@loydartists.com or (518) 647-5916
Recommended for grades Pre-K through 6th
Website

Hobey Ford’s Animalia explores the magical world of animals. This performance features Hobey’s original “foamies” puppets carved from large blocks of foam with intricate mechanical design that gives each puppet realistic movements. Hobey breaks out of the traditional puppet theater booth turning the whole theater into his performance stage. “Animalia” introduces students to the metamorphosis of a butterfly and a tadpole, various ecological systems and endangered animals. Includes a three-hour teacher workshop two matinee student performances and four days of student workshops for students in thrid grade through sixth.


Migration, performed by Hobey Ford
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $6,500
Technical Rider: PDF
Contact: Susan Lounsbury - susan@loydartists.com or (518) 647-5916
Recommended for grades Pre-K through 5th
Website

Migration is Hobey Ford’s sequel to “Animalia”. It is the story of Beatriz, a girl who journeys with her family from her home near Mexico City to the US. Hobey Ford turns to the natural world of animals to explore the wonders of migration as they are learned through the eyes of a child making her own migratory journey. Hobey’s animal “foamies” are performed behind a projection of original animated scenes, taking the audience along on the journey of these incredible creatures. Hobey performs in full view as storyteller, puppeteer and animator with a story that addresses environmental and multicultural issues as it integrates the Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Arts, and Science. Includes a teacher workshop “From Larvae to Butterfly: Metamorphosis through Shadow Puppetry”, student workshops and two student matinees.


Sea Song, performed by Hobey Ford
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $6,500
Technical Rider: PDF
Contact: Susan Lounsbury - susan@loydartists.com or (518) 647-5916
For audiences sized 250 or under
Website
Video // Study Guide

Sea Song is the story of a boy discovering nature for the first time through a fascination with the life cycle of the sea turtle. When a city boy comes to spend his summer at the coast he is suddenly cut off from his digital world and turns his attention to the natural world of a remote coastal beach. Hobey tells the story without words, performing his own hand crafted foam puppets in full view of the audience to the enchanting hang drum music of David Kuckhermann. Following in the style of his classic production Animalia, Sea Song will inspire and delight the audience with the story of the animals that live in the environment where the land meets the sea, where sea turtles, herons, gulls and terns all come to life in the hands of master puppeteer Hobey Ford.


World Tales, performed by Hobey Ford
cARTwheels Artist Fees:$6,500
Technical Rider: PDF
Contact: Susan Lounsbury - susan@loydartists.com or (518) 647-5916
Recommended for grades Pre-K through 5th
Website

World Tales is a collection of stories and puppetry techniques from around the world, including an Aesop fable, a Native American story and an African story. The puppetry techniques include Bunraku from Japan, rod puppetry from Indonesia, and Hobey’s own Foamies and Peepers puppets. Through fine storytelling and his masterfully created puppets, Hobey spins a web of tales with three classic bug stories from around the world that take students from Africa to Greece and enter the Cherokee world of folklore. World Tales deals with multicultural contributions to literature (folk tales) and the visual arts and addresses arts integration in Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Arts and Science. Includes a three-hour teacher workshop (Telling Folktales Through Shadow Puppetry), two matinee student performances, and four days of student shadow puppetry workshops.


Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart, performed by Mike Wiley
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $8,000
Techincal Rider: PDF
Contact:
Stephen Barefoot - stephen@goingbarefoot.com or (919) 489-1541
Recommended for grades 3rd through 12th
Website

Experience a powerful lesson of courage through the dedication and leadership of African-American athletes who pushed the color barrier to its breaking point. Meet role models from the outfield, the backcourt, the track, the ring and the blacktop. Feel the mud rising from the blood, sweat and tears of a bygone era of separate, unequal locker rooms and whites-only hotels and restaurants with only a back door through which colored athletes could enter. This play intrigues, educates and sets one’s thirst for success on fire. Includes a three-hour teacher workshop, two matinee student performances and four days of student workshops for students in grades 3rd through 12th. The teacher workshop and the student residency events will include participation by N.C. award winning playwright/poet Howard Craft.


ONE NOBLE JOURNEY: A BOX MARKED FREEDOM, performed by Mike Wiley
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $8,000
Techincal Rider: PDF
Contact: Stephen Barefoot - stephen@goingbarefoot.com or (919) 489-1541
Recommended for grades 3rd through 12th
Website

A true story of three slaves who overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to gain a life of freedom. Wiley becomes Henry "Box" Brown a black slave who sees no alternative but to mail himself to freedom in a small crate. Brown's life unfolds like a Mark Twain adventure, perilous and somber at times while humorous and heroic throughout. Audience members join Wiley on stage, quickly becoming characters helping propel the historic action. The teacher workshop and the student residency events will include participation by N.C. award winning playwright/poet Howard Craft.


TIRED SOULS: THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTTperformed by Mike Wiley
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $8,000
Techincal Rider: PDF
Contact: Stephen Barefoot - stephen@goingbarefoot.com or (919) 489-1541
Recommended for grades 3rd through 12th
Website

Montgomery, AL, Dec. 1, 1955: Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus. This action inspires the black citizens of Montgomery to abandon all travel on city buses until they are no longer forced to sit in the back or stand when a white person boards. There were more who came before, brave visionaries who laid the groundwork for this pivotal moment. TIRED SOULS introduces audiences to Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin and others instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement, changing the course of U.S. history The teacher workshop and the student residency events will include participation by NC award winning playwright/poet Howard Craft.


Beat-Making Lab, with Pierce Freelon
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $15,000
Technical Rider: PDF
Recommended for grades 9-12
Contact: pfreelon@gmail.com or (919) 697-7728
Website

Music is a tool to build dialogue, amplify voice and strengthen solidarity. As hip-hop and electronic music have developed into global culture, there is a growing need for resources, education and software to help youth express themselves in these genres. Beat Making Lab does just that: teach song writing and beat making to youth around the world. Collaborating with communities using mobile studios (laptops, microphones, midi-controllers and music production software) the group (a minimum of 3 artists) conducts a 30-hour, in-depth residency with 10-12 youth and up to 20 hours of workshops with up to another 20 youth in the community.

Beat Making Lab does not require students to read standard music notation or play a traditional instrument. Participants learn the techniques of beat making through composition, sampling, and songwriting on the most powerful instrument of the 21st century: a laptop. The results are computer-based electronic dance music and hip-hop beats, which will be unveiled during a community wide beat battle and hip hop performance. To ensure continuity, students will be connected to a global network of beat makers, including producers from as far as Suva, Fiji, to Chapel Hill, N.C. After the residency, the beat making work can continue as long as there are passionate students interested in learning.


Dance that MOVES!, with Black Box Dance Theatre
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $12,500
Technical RiderPDF
Contactmpearsondance@gmail.com or (919) 345-1202
Recommended for grades K-12
Website

Black Box Dance Theatre has performed for thousands across NC and is a favorite of both students and educators. Known for their non-fiction accounts of the world, the troupe has expertise in making dances that are relevant and inspirational to audiences of all ages.  It matters who is dancing and what you are dancing about:  this modern dance company includes a hip hop dancer, a ballerinas, and a Purple Heart Army veteran all adding to the artistry on stage.

Dance that MOVES!  Brings performances and residency workshops packed with explosive dancing and curriculum content.  In addition leading up to four workshops a day in various classrooms, the company will work with one group of students to create a new piece with direct curriculum connections such as “Force and Motion”, “Revolutionary War”, or “Diving into Dimensions”.  Recommended for Elementary Schools.

Residency includes: 

  • 2 Full company live performances.
  • Professional Development workshop for educators designed to support the goals of the residency. Virtual interactive resources included.
  • A team of artists leading up to 4 workshops per day for 4 days in K-12 classrooms.
  • The offering of in depth experiences for any identified group of students to be a part of the making/performing of a new dance piece created to deepen understanding of curriculum content (TBD by planning team)

ResilieNCy, with Black Box Dance Theatre
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $12,500
Technical RiderPDF
Contactmpearsondance@gmail.com or (919) 345-1202
Recommended for grades K-12
Website

“We do not always dance because we are happy, but we dance and cannot help but become happy.”— Anonymous

In the past few years, NC has faced unprecedented hardships.  How has this affected our youngest generation? BBDT is a leader in the field of Healing Art and Healthy Community Building. This residency and performance brings the very best of their artistry to the stage. ResilieNCy invites a select group of students to share their personal stories of challenge, worry, burden, and find the support of their community to keep MOVING.  Dance is a natural connector of people, purpose, and passion and our hard work should be celebrated and literally lifted up as an example of resiliency and beauty. The option to include community groups (such as senior citizens, veterans, volunteers) is available.  Recommended for High School, Middle School, and Elementary (with adaptations)

Residency includes: 

  • 2 Full company live performances.
  • Evening workshops in the community to build partnerships. 
  • A team of artists leading up to 4 workshops per day for 4 days in K-12 classrooms.
  • The offering of in depth experiences for any identified groups of students to be a part of the making and performing of ResilieNCy.

Professional Development for educators leading to the development of lesson plans integrating best practices in the filed of healing arts with ELA, Social Studies, and Science standards.


Applied Dance/Inspired Mathematics, with Black Box Dance Theatre
cARTwheels Artist Fees: $12,500
Technical RiderPDF
Contact: mpearsondance@gmail.com or (919) 345-1202
Recommended for grades K-12
Website

“I can’t dance.” “I am bad at math.”  This performance piece promises to radically change how we think about dance, math, and our very selves. Following a two year collaboration with NCSU mathematics professor Dr. Lidman, this work seeks to advance math one small leap through the creation of dance.  While the math may seem complex, Black Box has a way of inviting students to make deeply human connections that lead to personal discovery and an inspiration to be MOVED by math.

Residency includes: 

  • 2 Full company live performances.
  • Math/Dance Labs for educators leading to the development of lesson plans using their grade level math content integrated with dance standards.
  • A team of artists leading up to 4 workshops per day for 4 days in K-12 classrooms.
  • The offering of in depth experiences for any identified groups of students to be a part of the making of a new section of the Math/Dance piece and to be included in the final performances. 

 

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 host site team 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

Host site teams will be selected based on the following criteria. Additionally, priority will be given to applicants in Tier 1 counties.

  • A record of strong partnership between a venue and the schools.
  • 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

The 2018-19 deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018. The application will be available online on January 8, 2018. Applicants will submit the form electronically through the GO-Smart portal (https://ncarts.gosmart.org). 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 in 2016–2017.
  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.

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

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; 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.


Staff Contact

Sharon Hill
Arts-in-Education Director
sharon.hill@ncdcr.gov
(919) 814-6502