Who We Are
Purpose and Goals
Through a range of programs and services, PAEP achieves its primary goals of: promoting best practices in the design and implementation of arts education programming; providing access to resources and networks in support of arts education programming; and, encouraging and supporting an appreciation of learning in and through the arts. PAEP accomplishes this work and achieves effective outcomes in the following areas of impact: Professional Development, Arts Residencies, Research, Model Development and Evaluation, Information and Resources Clearinghouse, Young Artist Development, Publications, and Special Programs – Out of School Time.
PAEP was incorporated in 1996 with initial involvement of 25 local arts and cultural institutions. The intent of this group grew out of its need to coordinate efforts in the design and delivery of arts education programs offered to schools and community sites in southeastern PA. Since then, PAEP has grown as an independent organization working with more than 90 leading arts institutions, school districts, and universities from the five-county Philadelphia area to create a unified, regional resource supporting, designing, and delivering arts in education activity. PAEP, while housed at The University of the Arts, functions in all institutional and programmatic aspects as an autonomous entity under its own 501(c)(3) tax designation.
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Pearl Schaeffer, Chief Executive Officer
Raye Cohen, Director of Education
Megan Lafferty, Director of Administration
Mary Dupre, Special Programs Manager