Mission: Appel Farm has a strong commitment to arts education for people of all ages, which it achieves through outstanding arts classes and professional development for teachers. It also presents music that derives from a foundation of social awareness, as well as multicultural traditions.
Indeed, the Center's founders regarded the arts not only as a vehicle for self expression, but as a means and a catalyst to create community, influence social change by teaching young people about the importance of participating in the democratic process, and embracing the right to the free expression of ideas.
In conjunction with this core ideology, the goals of Appel Farm are to create a warm, vibrant, supportive environment for creativity, and a place where people are accepted for who they are - a place of tolerance and respect.
Programs: Appel farm's residential summer arts camp transforms the lives of children and professional artists from around the world. With an extensive scholarship program, at-risk youth from inner cities such as newark, camden and the southern new jersey region join with children from all backgrounds to receive high quality arts instruction from arts educators and working artists in a non-competitive and nurturing environment.
conference facility - appel farm arts partners with regional organizations to hold on-site conferences and retreats.
arts education in the schools and community: appel farm partners with south jersey school districts to offer arts education programs, including long-term residencies, curricular partnerships, after-school programs, and professional development for teachers. Appel farm partners with social service and community organizations to provide art making opportunities for the sake of improving heath and well-being. Appel farm also offers its own series of arts classes, workshops, concerts and festivals on-site.
Appel Farm is an amazing organization. I have volunteered for the annual music festival a number of times. The organization has a knack for bringing in some truly talented musicians - I've yet to see an act at this festival that I didn't walk away loving. I have also donated to Appel Farm's programs in the past. As an educator, I wish there were more organizations out there that worked to help young students realize their artistic and creative skills in the way that Appel Farm does.