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United Arts Council

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Donation Match Challenge Accepted

Donation Match Challenge
United Arts is raising money for Artists in Schools Writer Residencies in Wake County schools next year! We are incredibly grateful to our match donors - Bruce and Jane Sharpe, Linda and Jack Alphin, and Mark Steward and Freddie-Lee Heath - who committed to matching the first $2500 in gifts, dollar-for-dollar.

We are excited to announce that we have exceeded our goal, but let’s keep the momentum going! Thank you to all who have donated so far. Cultural arts representatives say that their schools are interested in writer residencies, which we are beginning to do online. Whether you donate $5 or $500, your support will help us involve and inspire more students through our writer residencies this school year. The deadline for this challenge is next Friday, June 26th.

At our June Virtual First Friday Annual Writers Share, students shared their original poetry and stories created during their school residencies. (If you missed it, check it out HERE). This is an annual event that we hold in June, and we moved it online this year so that children would not lose this opportunity due to the pandemic.

Let's keep this tradition going. Please contribute through our Facebook Fundraiser page, or visit our website at


Next First Friday August 7th

Writer Share Zoom
We hope you have enjoyed spending your First Fridays virtually with United Arts. Since April we have featured an amazing rhythm experience with artist Greg Whitt, Wake County Public School's 2020 Gifts of Gold winners, an online art exhibition with artist Georges LeChevallier paired with a tasty wine tasting from the Wine Feed, and most recently, our annual Writers Share with five talented student writers and special guest, Christine Kushner from the Wake County Public School Board (in photo above).

Although we will not be hosting a First Friday in July, please mark your calendars for our August Virtual First Friday on August 7th at 6:00 pm. More details to follow. 


Virtual Picking = Lots of Grinning

Bluegrass in the Schools-the Burnett Sisters
Bluegrass in the Schools - Williamson Branch

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced Tuesday that this year's conference, showcase, awards, and festival performances will be presented online September 28 - October 3.

Since bluegrass came to Raleigh, United Arts (in partnership with Wake County Public School System, Wake County, PineCone, the International Bluegrass Music Association and The IBMA Foundation) has brought bluegrass performances and one-hour master classes to students across Wake County. Details to come about our plans for this fall!

(Photos, left: the Burnett Sisters, right: Williamson Branch, both from our 2019 Bluegrass in Schools)

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United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh, North Carolina  27603

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