What We Do
The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership's work is in service to the arts in education field. As such, PAEP advances best practices through the design and implementation of arts in education programs building the capacity of teachers and artists to integrate the arts across the curriculum. PAEP brings professional visual and performing artists into schools and community sites to engage students in hands-on arts-making activities, provides professional development to the field, and performs action research reporting on the impact of the arts on student learning both quantitatively and qualitatively.
- PAEP’s work is often accomplished in concert with participating arts organizations, teaching artists, classroom teachers, arts teachers, school districts, and universities. PAEP's primary focus is on:
- Placing long-term (3-8 month) residencies and shorter term residencies (20 day) in schools and community sites through arts integration residency programs;
- Conducting a rich slate of professional development activities for the providers and recipients of arts in education programming;
- Measuring the impact of these school residency programs and professional development programs on all involved stakeholders, and disseminating research and assessment information to the field;
- Creating a healthy environment for interaction between PAEP stakeholders and serving as a clearinghouse of information for the arts education field by publishing and disseminating the outcomes of PAEP model program development and evaluation;
- Creating and managing special programs for youth focused on extending their engagement with the arts to out of school time activities on a broad scale through school districts and library systems; and,
- Working on behalf of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as a regional partner in the development, management, and oversight of all program elements of the Artist in Education Program. PAEP works with national organizations producing programs for youth, including Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Poetry Out Loud, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
By better preparing artists, classroom teachers, and arts teachers to shape and deliver arts programming, by providing support for arts integrated school residencies, and through arts education research, assessment, and advocacy, PAEP's program initiatives actively benefit the communities and the youth they serve in southeastern Pennsylvania. Since 2001, PAEP has provided programs in arts in education to more than 165,000 students in more than 3,600 classrooms throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.