News and Events
Holt Elementary Language Academy Performance
Please join us Monday, December 5, for the capstone performances of the Holt students as they present The Collision: Technology Meets the Arts. Performances are at noon and 5 p.m. at 4019 Holt School Road, Durham.

Indy Give!Guide Campaign
Arts In Action has again been selected to participate in the Indy Give!Guide, a community fundraiser that promotes local nonprofits by encouraging year-end giving. NC Arts in Action is reaching 1,000 children in 10 schools this year. Help underserved children reach their full potential through participation in the performing arts by donating to NC Arts in Action through the Indy Give!Guide.

The following businesses have partnered with us to offer these incentives for giving:

Brasco Design and Marketing will match the first $500 in donations.
Castle Worldwide will match the first $1,000 in donations.
Moe's Southwest Grill offers $5 coupons for the first 50 Durham-based donors.

LEAP Begins This Month - Meet Our New Project Manager
NC Arts in Action is pleased to announce the addition of Kim Demery to our staff team! Kim will be the Project Manager for LEAP and will be delighted to meet your children as our LEAP program begins at a new Wake County site this year.

On November 12, NC AIA will hold a recruitment workshop for our Wake County students, followed by a parent orientation meeting for those who are new to the LEAP program. We request our Chapel Hill and Wake County students and parents to be in attendance for the workshop and meeting to be held at Brentwood Boys & Girls Club, 2025 New Hope Church Road, Raleigh, from 10 a.m. - noon. Official LEAP team rehearsals beginning on January 7. Come dance with us and make new friends. Check the LEAP page of this website for the workshop schedule.

Holt Elementary Language Academy Performance
Please join us Monday, December 5, for the capstone performances of the Holt students as they present The Collision: Technology Meets the Arts. Performances are at noon and 5 p.m. at 4019 Holt School Road, Durham.

Jacques d'Amboise visited North Carolina Arts in Action in September
Jacques d'Amboise visited North Carolina Arts in Action in September with representatives of the National Dance Institute to work with more than 32 classroom teachers, our staff, Board members and school administrators.

Jacques d'Amboise and the National Dance Institute visited the Triangle on September 8th and 9th to offer professional development for classroom teachers and students. The National Dance Institute (NDI) professional development program for classroom teachers at our partner schools aimed to augment the residencies already provided to the students in the NC AIA In-School Program. This workshop offered participants a first-hand experience with NDI's ensemble performance model, guided observation and reflection on the NDI methodology, and the opportunity to explore collaborations between the NC AIA artistic curriculum and the classroom teachers' curriculum (North Carolina Standard Course of Study). Participants also explored the use of the pedagogy for developing collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking skills in students, as well as its applications for fostering compassion toward others and supporting positive and safe learning environments. By enhancing the classroom teachers' understanding of NDI's method, artistic curriculum, and creative process, we helped the teachers make methodological connections to their work, thus expanding their own teaching repertory.

Jacques D'Amboise and NDI Team Train Arts in Action

THANK YOU NATIONAL DANCE INSTITUTE, CLASSROOM TEACHERS AND PROGRAM SUPPORTERS FOR TWO DAYS OF CELEBRATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

On Thursday, September 8, the NC Arts in Action Family gathered to celebrate acclaimed dancer, arts education advocate and founder of the National Dance Institute (NDI), Jacques D'Amboise. Staff from NDI, NC AIA in-school program supporters, and our alumni group LEAP Team, shared a private evening with Jacques learning about the power of dance, choreography and storytelling.



Earlier that day, special guests, including community leaders and board members, observed NDI's Artistic Director Ellen Weinstein, and Tracy Straus, Associate Artistic Director, teach the NDI award-winning pedagogy at Holt Language Academy in Durham.

 Ellen Weinstein of NDI working with 4th grade students at Holt Language Academy


Tracy Straus of NDI working with 4th grade students at Holt language Academy


Dancers from Ms. Linsenberg's 4th grade class at Holt Language Academy


NC Arts in Action's Artistic Director Alton Tisino's big jump
 
Photo credits: MaryBeth Carpenter


On Friday, September 9, Wakelon Elementary in Eastern Wake County hosted NDI staff, including Ellen Weinstein, Tracy Straus, and Senior Director of Education & Outreach, Aileen Barry, who offered professional development for classroom teachers from eight school-partners across four counties.
 
This workshop offered participants a first-hand experience with NDI's ensemble performance model, guided observation and reflection on the NDI methodology, and the opportunity to explore collaborations between the NC AIA artistic curriculum and the classroom teachers' curriculum (North Carolina Standard Course of Study). Participants also explored the use of the pedagogy for developing collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking skills in students, as well as its applications for fostering compassion toward others and supporting positive and safe learning environments.

Click below to watch a snippet of the teachers' work with NDI.



NC Arts in Action would like to thank Castle Worldwide and Wakelon Elementary School for hosting our two-day events, as well as the fourth grade students from Holt Language Academy Elementary for their wonderful participation.




2016-17 Theme: Technology Meets the Arts
For the 2016-17 school year, over 900 children participating in NC AIA's in-school programs will be introduced to the power of curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. This year's theme Technology Meets the Arts celebrates the advancements of modern technology and the role it plays in our daily lives. Through dance, music, and visual art, students will explore the evolving relevance of technology as a means of communication, connection, and productivity in today's society. In addition, the NC AIA artistic staff will work in collaboration with teachers and administration throughout the Triangle with the goal of developing a curriculum that reinforces concepts relevant to the students' science studies.

2013 Top-Rated Award from GREAT NONPROFITS
Thanks to our fans, we are one of the first winners of a 2013 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits! Read our great reviews and add your story! http://greatnonprofits.org/org/north-carolina-arts-in-action

If you love our work then tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits-a review site like TripAdvisor-is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2013 Top-Rated Awards. Won't you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!  Go to http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/north-carolina-arts-in-action to get started!

Adopt-A-School Sponsorships

Companies and businesses interested in providing our community's children an avenue to excel and build critical life skills can become an Adopt-A-School Sponsor! 


NC Arts in Action at Your School!
Are you interested in bringing NC Arts in Action to your school? Contact Executive Director Marlon Torres at 919-619-0483 to find out how!

Are you a dancer or musical theatre artist who wants to inspire children through the arts?

Would you like to gain expertise in the world-renowned teaching methodologies of the National Dance Institute? Become an Arts in Action teaching artist! Find out more here.

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North Carolina Arts in Action helps children reach their full potential using performing arts as the catalyst to build focus, discipline, self-esteem, teamwork and leadership.

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