The Perry County Council of the Arts is one of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ 13 regional Partners, charged with the responsibility of implementing quality Arts-In-Education programs in 7 counties – Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Huntingdon, Snyder, Union and Northumberland – and 19 school districts.

Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) to place professional artists in classrooms for residencies of 10 to 20 days.

Each residency is unique and responds to the needs of the students and opportunities presented by the learning environment. A residency can be designed to meet the needs of YOUR SCHOOL! Host schools and artists work collaboratively to develop and implement an artist residency tailored to each school’s specific needs.

Imagine a professional muralist working to make the Civil War more vivid to a high school history class, a storyteller mentoring third graders who are learning Aesop’s Fables, a modern dance instructor broadening horizons in a physical education class, a poet teaching English students to find greater meaning in their everyday lives, or a visual artist bringing a whole new skill and passion to an art class.

RESIDENCY DETAILS

Become a Teaching Artist

PCCA invites professionally active artists of any discipline to apply for inclusion in a directory of rostered artists who are eligible to provide residencies in school settings. We can help you to:

  • Learn more about the Arts-in-Education Program
  • Understand the criteria the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has established for this state funded initiative
  • Obtain guidance in the application process
  • Acquire improved techniques in marketing your artistic excellence
  • Become a directory artist and earn income by providing a 10-30 day arts residency in an educational setting

SELECTION CRITERIA: Artists will be selected on the basis of artistic excellence, evidence of ability to interact with students, ability to implement a residency plan and availability to conduct residencies.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Artists may obtain an application by contacting Arts-in-Education Coordinator, Amy Reed at amy@perrycountyarts.org or 717-567-7023.

Host a Residency

Schools, community organizations, libraries and other public and private organizations are welcome to become a residency host site. PCCA serves as the liaison between the host and artist to ensure a successful and rewarding program. PCCA staff assists with contracts, handles housing and travel arrangements, and collects and disperses all fees.

Residencies range from 10-20 days and are jointly funded by PCCA and the hosting education system. Business, community and government leaders are encouraged to provide valuable monetary support to help make this cost-effective, quality education available.

Artists are carefully screened, qualified and guided to work cooperatively with teachers. Their programs typically include engaging, memorable hands-on activities including dance, literature, drama, visual arts, music and theater.Become a Residency Host

How Can My School Obtain a Residency Program?

1.  Choose a discipline that is of interest to you and your students. Dance, drama, visual Arts, music and theatre can be incorporated into any curriculum. Muralist working with history students to create a graphic local history?  Jazz musician teaching improvisation to the band? Fabric artist working with ag students?  Dancer in a gym class? Poet in a math class? Mobile for a big open space? Residencies such as these and scores of others have taken place under PCCA auspices in recent years.

Some Questions to Consider:
  • Are there specific interests that you and your students have?
  • Is there a culture that you and your students would like to explore in a new way?
  • Is there a possibility that an artist in residency program could evolve into a community project?
  • Which curriculum areas would you want to include in the artist-in-residency experience?
  • Are there resources in the community to help with funding and/or materials?

2.  Contact the Arts-in-Eductaion Coordinator at PCCA by calling 717-567-7023. PCCA will be responsible for contacting the artist, scheduling, negotiating, creating agreement contracts, and making payments. We make travel arrangements and publicize your project. Our program coordinator is available to work with you throughout the residency to ensure a most successful experience for all.

3.  Determine your source for funding the required match.  Typical sources include your school’s PTO/PTA/PTG, a district budget line item, student or teacher activity funds, donations from local organizations (Lion’s Club, Moose, Civic Clubs) and fundraisers (Band boosters, sub sales, car washes, etc.)

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency charged with the development and promotion of the arts in the Commonwealth. To accomplish its mission, the PCA encourages educational excellence through participation in the creative process in schools and educational settings. Study of the arts provides Pennsylvania’s youth with positive models for teamwork, project management and goal setting, along with opportunities for academic achievement and intellectual and emotional discovery.

For more info: http://www.arts.pa.gov

CONTACT

To receive an informational brochure or to apply as an artist, host site or funding agency, please contact Arts-in-Education Coordinator, Amy Reed at 717-567-7023 or amy@perrycountyarts.org.