The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) has an Arts in Education (AIE) division that provides funding support for arts based educational programs throughout the Commonwealth. The purpose of the AIE division is to champion the arts as a tool for both personal and community development for all Pennsylvanians by supporting quality programs in schools and community settings. Erie Arts & Culture has a formal agreement with the PCA and we serve as the regional AIE partner for the counties of Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, Warren, and Lawrence.
As a regional partner, Erie Arts & Culture is expected to manage and grow a diverse roster of qualified teaching artists; representing a variety of arts disciplines. The artists that comprise our roster are eligible to participate in PCA funded AIE residencies. Artists become rostered through a five-step process.
Once rostered, Erie Arts & Culture provides teaching artists with access to professional development designed to equip teaching artists with the skills and knowledge necessary to implement successful residencies.
The annual deadline to apply to be a teaching artist is March 31. Annually, panel interviews occur in the 3rd and 4th week of April. New teaching artist training and orientation is held annually in July and August.
Applicants are selected for the program based on: