Imagine learning geometry by folding and stitching your own book, investigating biology by sketching the plants and wildlife of our local ecosystem in an artists’ nature journal. Imagine writing a puppet theater about the Battle of Gettysburg, exploring fractions by playing different time signatures on a drum you made. Imagine how deep and engaging learning could be, and you’re imagining the power of arts in education.
South Central PaARTners helps bring this quality of learning to our area by placing skilled teaching artists in meaningful, in-depth residencies in K-12 public schools, senior centers, and other community organizations throughout Lancaster, Berks, Lebanon, and northwestern Chester Counties. Our residents hail from a variety of backgrounds and include writers, dancers, theater practitioners, musicians, storytellers, painters, sculptors, book artists, and more.
In addition, we host the annual regional finals for Poetry Out Loud a national poetry recitation competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
Our work also includes arts-in-education advocacy; training and educational opportunities for our artists and teachers; community outreach; and rich hands-on learning opportunities for our graduate and undergraduate students at Millersville University.