Where We Work

PAEP works in schools and community sites throughout southeastern Pennsylvania inclusive of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. This work includes serving as the southeastern regional partner for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts in Education Division in the areas of annual artist review and recommendations for the Directory of Pennsylvania Artists in Education, professional development for these artists, and arts residency design and management.

PAEP also works locally to produce residency programs, and out of school time programs for the School District of Philadelphia, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Charter School Corporations, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Pre-K school programs, regional senior centers, regional veterans' centers, and school districts and community sites across southeastern Pennsylvania.

Many of PAEP’s programs serve a national audience including work for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the Poetry Out Loud Competitions for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Since 2001, PAEP has supported, designed, and implemented more than 5,000 residencies facilitated by 4,377 area artists for more than 310,300 students. PAEP delivered nearly 550 professional development courses facilitated by 603 area arts educators, artists, arts administrators, and classroom teachers that were attended by 10,410 participants honing their skills in the design, delivery, and assessment of arts-based interdisciplinary programming. In July 2009, 2010, and 2011, PAEP designed and managed the summer arts enrichment programs for the School District of Philadelphia’s K-12 students. In those three years, PAEP employed 910 teaching artists for this program, placed artists in 350 schools, and provided daily arts-making experiences for a record 90,000 inner-city youth.

Through two U. S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Arts Model Development and Dissemination grants, Arts Bridges and Arts Link, PAEP designed and developed an arts integration model to improve test scores in reading, mathematics, and science. Both grants improved PSSA test scores for over 1,950 students as compared to control school students' scores. For more information, see the section on Research and Model Development.

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