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Through artist residencies, the PCA's Arts in Education (AIE) program enables artists to help others explore and develop their creativity and artistic skills in a variety of educational, community and institutional settings.


What are residencies?

Residencies are substantial periods of time in which an artist (or artists) works intensively with small groups of learners (“core groups”) on one or more long-term projects. During this time, learners exercise creative control over their work. The artist’s role in such work is that of mentor and facilitator, leading students through guided self-discovery, and of technical advisor on important artistic concepts and skills. Residencies are developed collaboratively between the artist and the host organization.  Planning is conducted well before the beginning of the residency, allowing ample time for necessary arrangements to be made by both the artist and residency host.


Who Can Apply?

Pennsylvania schools, institutions, arts organizations, government agencies, local arts agencies, institutions of higher education and other not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)3 status are eligible for AIE funding. Organizations receiving support through other funding areas of PCA are also eligible to apply for AIE funding.


How To Apply

You can apply directly through your regional AIE partner for a Teaching Artist Partnership (TAP) or Long-Term Residency (LTR). You also may apply directly through the PCA AIE Division.

About the AIE Partnership

Our AIE Partnership enables the PCA to work with and through regional service organizations to provide a higher level of quality and quantity of service to the field. It is the Council’s intent to strengthen the efficiency and impact of the PCA’s arts in education program while empowering local leadership and action and leveraging additional resources.


This map illustrates where our AIE partner organizations are located across Pennsylvania.



The PCA is using GIS Mapping to share data and tell our AIE funding story visually. You can discover the extent of AIE funding throughout the Commonwealth. Explore the PA Arts Map here.
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Map drawn by Wesley Fryer


Teacher and Artist Partnership and Long-Term Residency Projects (TAP & LTR)


Please note: The deadline for 2016-2017 applications is January 4, 2016.

Teacher and Artist Partnerships (TAP) and Long-Term Residencies (LTR) provide funding for projects that provide long-term, in-depth interaction between professional teaching artists, students, teachers and others through workshops and classes sponsored by schools, nonprofit organizations, units of government and other institutions. Each project is designed and developed by the teaching artist, the project director and sponsor organization. All projects require a percentage of matching funds.

TAPs differ significantly from LTRs because of the enhanced partnership between the teacher and the artist. In TAPs, teachers share in the instruction of the art form with the artist. Further, both artist and teacher engage in almost daily feedback on each session, assessing both the session and student progress. This partnership creates an integrated and transformational experience for the students, teachers and the artists. For more information on these projects contact AIE Program Director, Jamie Dunlap at (717) 525-5542. 


TAP and LTR Application Materials 

2016-2017 TAP & LTR Application Guidelines

2016-2017 TAP & LTR Application Guidelines (pdf) >


Teaching Artist Residencies

Residency artists or visiting artists are selected for PCA-AIE funded residency projects by each regional partner. Artists should contact the AIE Partner directly for AIE artist guidelines.

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