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The Appel Farm Arts and Music Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Schools

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the music concerts at Appel Farm. Last year I saw Ann Hampton Callaway and actually got to meet her after the concert. I always have a wonderful time - it's such a unique and intimate atmosphere. One of the great things about going there is the drive. Where else in NJ can you get to see beautiful farms, and wide open spaces with horses and cows in the fields? It is surrounded by natural beauty and really de-stresses me every time I go there.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Appel Farm is staffed by some of the area's most recognized arts promoters and leaders, and its take-notice programming is a big draw for music lovers in and out of Jersey. I've met a few kids (vocals, viola, visual art) whose talents were sharpened by the top-caliber instructors and professional musicians teaching during the summer. It's a beautiful setting, conducive for creativity, relaxation and concerts.