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Are you a talented visual, performing, or literary artist living in Berks, Chester, Lancaster, or Lebanon counties? Do you enjoy teaching and sharing your art with others? Can you communicate effectively with a non-arts audience? Would a panel of your peers agree that you produce quality work? If you can answer yes to the above questions, consider applying to South Central PaARTners to acquire Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) status as a directory artist.

The Arts in Education (AIE) division places practicing, professional artists in residence in schools and community settings. These artists are listed in the Directory of Pennsylvania Artists in Education, which is a juried list of artists with expertise in education. The division fosters educational improvement through participation in the creative process in schools and community settings, via residencies, projects, and partnerships between schools or other educational institutions, artists, and arts organizations.


What is a PCA directory artist?
A PCA directory artist is a practicing professional artist who has successfully passed the artist application process and has been approved by the PCA Board of Directors. Achieving directory status qualifies an artist to participate in artist residency programs with schools and community organizations, and inclusion in the Directory of Pennsylvania Artists in Education published by the PCA.

What is an artist residency?
Artist residencies place practicing professional artists into schools and community organizations, for a minimum of ten days, to engage students, teachers and community members in the creative process of one or more art forms. While students exercise creative control over their work, the artist's role is that of mentor, facilitator, and technical advisor. Individual artists are paid a minimum of $175 a day for PCA-supported residencies and projects.

What is the Directory of Pennsylvania Artists in Education?
The Directory is a list of all qualified artists, categorized by discipline. It includes an artist's education, references, contact information, and personal statement. This annual publication is distributed locally and across the state to teachers and community group directors for use in selecting artists to facilitate residencies in their schools or organizations. Directory artist status lasts for three years, after which artists must reapply to continue their eligibility for PCA-funded residencies and listing in the Directory.

How does an artist become a PCA Directory artist?
Recommendation to become a directory artist is a three-step process facilitated by South Central PaARTners. Once the application is received, a panel of peers reviews the artistic credentials of the applicant. Those recommended by the panel move to the interview stage, where the applicant meets with director of South Central PaArtners for an interview and the opportunity to discuss plans for a typical 10-day residency. Artists who succeed at this stage will then be observed during a teaching demomnstration. From this process a recommendation is made to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, which makes the final decision for inclusion.

To read more about PCA-supported residencies and rostered artists, visit the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts website at

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. We are especially interested in teaching artists in disciplines not currently representated by our roster.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Artists may obtain an application by calling 717-871-2186.


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