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Congratulations, Knightdale!
Knightdale fourth grade classes presented "The Pursuit of Happiness: Dancing the American Dream" during two events on February 1st. Their theme is written and choreographed by Alton Tisino, with musical direction by Julie Bradley. 

The students learned about the privileges of being a citizen in the United States of America. Through dance, American songs, and visual art, the dancers celebrated their country and its diverse people from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, from the Gold Rush of California to the Mississippi Delta, from the immigration office in New York to the White House and through America's farmland. They danced, presented runs and leaps, and sent a musical message to parents, other students at the school, and supporters about what makes this nation diverse and great. 


Job Well Done, Millbrook!
Congratulations to the Millbrook fourth grade students for an excellent performance of "The Pursuit of Happiness" on January 26th! 

Wakelon Students In "The Pursuit of Happiness..."

Wakelon students performed “The Pursuit of Happiness: Dancing the American Dream” on January 14 during two events. Their theme  “The Pursuit of Happiness: Dancing the American Dream,” is written and directed by Alton Tisino, with musical direction by Julie Bradley.

The students learned about the privileges of being a citizen in the United States of America. Through dance, American songs, and visual art, the dancers celebrated their country and its diverse people from the gold fields of California, to the Mississippi River, to immigration office in New York, and through America’s farmland. They danced, practiced runs and leaps, and sent a musical message to parents, other students at the school, and supporters about what makes this nation diverse and great. 


We made our challenge goal!
To our NC Arts in Action donors, partners, Board, staff and family, 

Thank you for helping us meet our grant total of $35,000. We have earned the 1:1 match from our foundation donor! With over $41,200 raised between November 1 and December 31, NC Arts in Action has met its challenge. 

Your contribution to this challenge grant helps us sustain five schools in Wake County. On behalf of the children we serve, we extend our deepest appreciation. We wish you a happy and healthy New Year. Thank you for giving our 800 children in four counties a Happy New Year! 

Arts in Action featured in Raleigh's WALTER Magazine
Arts in Action is in the spotlight as WALTER Magazine features our Wake County programs, with Knightdale Elementary School and staff highlights.

Check out "Spotlight: Arts in Action" to learn more about our involvement in Wake County, our program and how we're using dance to teach life skills - one step at a time.

Harry Lynch, The News & Observer

NC Arts in Action wins grant from Triangle Community Foundation

NC Arts in Action has won $1,000 from Triangle Community Foundation's Charles E. and Alberta B. Dolan Fund for receiving the most donations from donors under 36 years of age during the Indy Give!Guide 2014 campaign.

Thank you to all our supporters, but especially to our younger generation for making a difference in our communities through the power of collective giving.

Thank you ALL for believing in Arts in Action's ability to impact children's lives beyond their classroom experiences.

Expansion Plan
New to Wake County, NC Arts in Action has been in Chapel Hill and Durham schools for nine years.

NC Arts in Action wants to serve more students each year, especially those in high-poverty
schools in the Wake County Public Schools System (WCPSS). Following two years of discussion with WCPSS, School Board and potential funders, NC Arts in Action is ready to
introduce the program at Wakelon Elementary in October 2014 and Knightdale Elementary in January 2015. Depending on funding, Arts in Action will directly reach 200
underserved students in these two Wake County schools, and will inspire over 1000 additional children through in-school and community performances.

The introduction of Arts in Action in Eastern Wake is in direct response to a community need. WCPSS administrators believe that the Arts in Action program will enhance not only the student learning, but also community perception of the schools. Arts in Action’s launch into Wake County would mean greater geographic coverage and increased visibility for the organization’s work, with the potential to expedite our expansion to other target schools.

We hope that you will consider supporting our mission. Thank you for helping us change lives!

Jacques d’Amboise Visited the Triangle from October 14-17

Jacques d’Amboise, acclaimed NYC Ballet principal dancer-choreographer, 2014 Dance Hall of Fame inductee, and pioneering champion for arts education, visited the Triangle area on October 14-17 in support of NC Arts in Action, the local affiliate of his award-winning National Dance Institute program. Based on the teaching model made internationally famous by Mr. d’Amboise beginning in the mid 1970’s, NC Arts in Action provides weekly in-school and afterschool programs that use dance to help children build focus, self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills. Mr. d’Amboise spent time with 4th grade students at Wakelon Elementary School in Zebulon, who are participating in the NC AIA inaugural program in Wake County, dancing and discussing how the power of movement can motivate all children – regardless of experience or special talent – toward personal excellence.

While in the Triangle, Mr. d’Amboise met with representatives of the corporate and education sectors at the Durham Arts Council in Durham, to discuss his journey in developing his National Dance Institute program. Arts Education supporters and special guests also had an opportunity to be with Mr. d'Amboise at the Flanders Gallery in Raleigh, in benefit of NC Arts in Action's program initiative in Eastern Wake County Elementary Schools.

Watch Jacques d'Amboise and Executive Director Marlon Torres on "My Carolina"!

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!

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 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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