Each year, the PTA sponsors one or more cultural arts programs at West Lake Elementary. The primary goal of these programs is to expand students’ horizons and stretch their understanding of the world by learning about cultures or perspectives that may be unfamiliar to them.
Historically, West Lake has hosted musical, dance and theatrical performances, writing workshops, storytellers and visual arts workshops. Themes for the cultural arts programs may include American history, cultural awareness, diversity, exposure to music/art/dance, life skills, and character education. Many of these cultural arts programs are also tied into the common core curriculum.
The United Arts Council (UAC) of Raleigh assembles a pool of approved artists and provides grant funding each year to Wake County schools. West Lake has applied for and received grants to offset a portion of the cost of the programs.