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Education at Cultural Resources

At Cultural Resources, education is the center of everything that we do. From the educational concerts of the North Carolina Symphony to the summer reading program run by the State Library to the long-standing tradition of fourth-grade field trips to our historic sites, Cultural Resources offers students, teachers and parents a number of resources on a range of topics.

To help people get the most of these resources and make it easy for you to find exactly what you need, we've recently released a new search tool. You can use this tool to search all of the digitized resources that the department offers by topic, time period, appropriate grade level and more.

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Beyond our digital resources, we can help you plan a field trip, bring an artist to your school and so much more. Read more below, and signup for our education newsletter to discover all that we have to offer.

Looking for the Birth of a Colony Education Guide?

In 2011, we were produce an Emmy Award-winning documentary on our state's early history in cooperation with Horizon Productions and UNC TV.

To help teachers get the most they can out of the film, we put together an associated educational guide. Click here to access to it!

Highlighted Resources


NCpedia is the online encyclopedia of all things North Carolina. Through nearly 3,000 articles and more than 3,500 images, NCpedia highlights North Carolina's unique resources, people and culture to enrich, educate and inform. It invites students and teachers alike to discover North Carolina's rich past, present and future.

The A+ Schools Program

The A+ Schools Program, which was established in 1995, is a whole school reform model that views the arts as fundamental to how teachers teach and students learn in all subjects. A+ Schools combine interdisciplinary teaching and daily arts instruction, offering children opportunities to develop creative, innovative ways of thinking, learning and showing what they know.

N.C. Symphony Instrument Zoos

Ever wonder what it's like to play the violin? Have your child's fingers been dreaming of the trumpet? Now you can find out with this hands-on classical music activity. North Carolina Symphony musicians and staff demonstrate the instruments of the orchestra and give you the opportunity to try them out for yourself. Musical fun for the whole family!

Teach the Big Picture

Explore ArtNC, a teacher website designed to help you use art in any classroom. Features include large images of works of art, art-integrated lesson plans, workshop information and the innovative Concept Explorer, an art-based tool that makes lesson planning fun!

Arts in Our Schools: The A+ Schools Program


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N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
109 East Jones Street MSC 4601 |  Raleigh, NC 27699-4601
Phone: (919) 807-7300  | Fax: (919) 733-1620

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