Hosting Artist Residencies / Erie Arts & Culture

Professional teaching artists are at the heart of The Arts in Education Program. Talented professional artists of all disciplines, teaching artists enrich the learning experience for participants ages 1 to 100. Rostered by the state of Pennsylvania, these artists collaborate with teachers and administrators in early childhood development centers, schools, colleges/universities, creative aging/senior centers, arts and cultural organizations, and community-based organizations to engage participants in unforgettable experiences that exemplify the life-changing power of the arts. 

Teaching Artists are trained in:

  • Their art form 
  • Human development and special populations
  • Managing groups
  • Pedagogy and working In a school environment
  • Business practices

Meet Teaching Artists working in Northwestern PA >>

Artist Residencies

 An artist residency places professional teaching artists in a wide variety of educational and community settings to integrate the arts into an engaging learning experience. During a residency, a teaching artist works collaboratively to align their art form to the learning objectives of their host site and leads participants through the creative process. In addition to teaching their art form, the teaching artist uses reflection, research, presentation and/or production of art to enhance learning. Residencies typically last 20 days and intimately engage participants in one or more long-term projects. The artist’s role in such work is that of mentor and facilitator, leading students through guided self-discovery, and of technical advisor on important artistic concepts and skills. The work of the teaching artist is an enhancement of the work of the classroom teacher/community coordinator and may not be used to replace staff or faculty. 

Teachers agree that working with an artist in their classroom:

  • Inspires their students to be creative, conceptual thinkers
  • Motivates their students to actively participate in learning
  • Empowers their students with creative tools for education

Recent Erie Arts & Culture Residencies

Early Learners

Early Learners

Grow Up Great with Arts & Culture

Grow Up Great with Arts & Culture sponsored in part by PNC Bank provides greater access to the arts for early learners and helps prepare students for success in Kindergarten. ...

Jude Shingle

Jude Shingle

Barber National Institute

Teaching Artist Jude Shingle helps build communication skills through the use of technology at the Barber National Institute....

Senior Centers

Senior Centers

Teaching Artists Help the Elderly

The PA Council on the Arts and the PA Department of Aging are deploying Teaching Artists in senior centers across the State to promote artistic expression as a means to improve the health and well-being of older adults. ...

Soldiers & Sailors

Soldiers & Sailors

Residency Programs for Veterans

Residency programs at the Erie Soldiers & Sailors Home as well as Erie VA’s Rehabilitation and Recovery Center are guiding Veterans as they share their stories and continue their recovery....

Interested in hosting a residency?

The Arts in Education Program provides matching funds to support artist residencies. Learn more about planning a residency by contacting the Arts Education Program Director at (814) 452-3427. A limited number of Residencies, Long-Term Residencies (LTR) and Teacher Artist Partnership (TAP) opportunities are available – contact us today!



The mission of Erie Arts & Culture is to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture.
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