Artists in Schools & Communities

Bring Art & Education Together

Programs for children, teens, teachers, artists, schools, colleges, and communities. Brought to you through partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' Arts in Education Partnership.
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Artist Residency Program

The Artist Residency Program places trained, knowledgeable, and practicing artists into school and community settings where they can share the benefits of the creative process with active participants over an extended period of time.

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Meet the Resident Artists

We have over 40 Resident Artists in our program including visual artists, media artists, dancers, folk artists, musicians, photographers, glass artists, craft artists, and writers.

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Poetry Out Loud


The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with state arts agencies, such as the PA Council on the Arts, across the United States. Poetry Out Loud (POL) encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Find out more here.

The 2020 Regional Competition for Poetry Out Loud will be held on Saturday February 8 at the Harris Theater in downtown Pittsburgh. The snow date will be Saturday February 15 at the Regent Square Theater.

We are proud to announce that Ceresa Morsaint is the winner of our 2019 Regional Competition for Poetry Out Loud! Congratulations to Ms. Morsaint, a sophomore from Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, who recited "The World Is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth, "Through a Glass Eye, Lightly" by Carolyn Kizer, and "Winter" by Marie Ponsot. She competed with 14 finalists at The State Museum Auditorium in Harrisburg on March 4, 2019. 

Congratulations to the other participating students for their amazing performances at PCA&M's Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition: Angelia Miller (Baldwin High School), Mya Swain (Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School), Genesis Analisa Gore (Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School), Zoe Koutavas (South Fayette High School), Emma Steckline (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12), Zachary Esch (Seton LaSalle Catholic High School), and Sahana Rao (Montour High School). Thank you to all of the teachers, families, and friends for their support and to the judges for their talent and expertise.

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We have over 40 Resident Artists in our program including visual artists, media artists, dancers, folk artists, musicians, photographers, glass artists, craft artists, and writers. Artists in Schools & Communities at PCA&M organizes and facilitates creative arts experiences in a variety of diverse settings that occur off-site from our Shadyside campus throughout the year.

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Downloads, forms, and other resources for students, teachers and Resident/Teaching artists.

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The Artist Residency Program is brought to you with funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Matching funds are available for qualifying schools and community organizations.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency charged with the development and promotion of the arts in the Commonwealth. To accomplish its mission, the PCA encourages educational excellence through participation in the creative process in schools and educational settings. Study of the arts provides Pennsylvania’s youth with positive models for teamwork, project management and goal setting, along with opportunities for academic achievement and intellectual and emotional discovery.