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

View an overview of the AIE Division's programs and initiatives (PDF) >

Learn more about our AIE Division's collaborations with other state agencies:
Art Sparks - this program brings artist residencies to schools across PA to bring student-created artwork to PA Turnpike service plazas.
Creative Communities of Care - this program brings a distinctive storytelling approach to the state veterans' homes, with wonderful outcomes.


What is an artist residency?

Pictured above: Students at Propel Charter School in Allegheny County working on a mosaic mural

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. If you are interested in having a residency at your school or community organization, please contact you regional Arts in Education Partner.

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 arts in education services 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.

AIE Partners recruit, select, train, place, and evaluate professional-quality teaching artists for residencies in school and community settings. Partners provide professional development opportunities in arts in education for artists, community organizations and schools in the counties they serve. The partnership currently serves all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Please use the map below to find out what AIE Partners serves your county.
Download a copy of the map with contact information here (PDF).  

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



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.



To apply, download the 2018-2019 guidelines for Teacher and Artist Partnerships and Long-Term Residencies. Read the guidelines in their entirety, then log into the Electronic Single Application (ESA) to submit your application. The entire application and required supplemental materials must be submitted by January 12, 2018. These applications are submitted directly to the PCA not to your regional AIE Partner. Note: The application period for the 2018-2019 TAP and LTR program is now closed. The 2019-2020 application will be available in late 2018, with a mid-January 2019 deadline. 



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 the PCA also are eligible to apply for AIE funding.