Join The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership Program


Artists are often faced with unique challenges – getting noticed, making money, feeling fulfilled and productive.  Often, the freelance lifestyle of an artist can be a roller-coaster and constant struggle to stay afloat and relevant. The trope of the starving artist is real.

A new program designed to pair artists to students may offer a new place to use your creative voice in a teacher/student setting.

The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership is looking for artists with diverse skills and backgrounds (visual artists, dancers, actors, musicians, writers, etc) to join the roster of Directory of Pennsylvania Artists in Education. These artists will have the unique opportunity to become artists in residence in schools and community sites across Southeastern PA.  

The application process vets artists of all mediums for listing in their Artists In Education directory. Those selected will have access to funding and training during their artist residence. School and community settings may include a broad array of populations such as: public, private, parochial, and charter schools serving K-12 students; pre-K centers; senior centers; and units of government such as Veterans’ centers and homes.

The program is a bridge between artist and venue. Venues apply for programs, choosing from the directory of artists. The commitment is substantial – the program requests a commitment of at least 20 sessions – but if approved, your partnership will be fully funded by The Philadelphia Arts In Education Partnership.

“Our mission is to promote life-long learning in and through the arts for Pre-K to grade 12 students, seniors, and special populations in schools and community sites throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. We encourage excellence in arts education practice, grounded in the belief that the arts are integral to the comprehensive education of all learners,” says Sara Kattler-Gold, PAEP’s Program Coordinator,

Head to to find the PAEP/PCA Artist Application.
    • Karl Michelfelder is a Philadelphia-based journalist, disc jockey, and philanthropist. After attending Temple University with a degree in communications and a minor in journalism, Karl (under the moniker DJ Carl Michaels) immersed himself in all that is Philadelphia. He worked as a label and store manager at the famed 611 Records, toured the country, and […]

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