In the coming year, an estimated 24,000 children and adults will be served by Appel Farm's Outreach Programs which include the Public School Arts Education Programs, Community Arts Programs and the Summer Community Arts Camp Outreach.
Public School Arts Education Programs
Acknowledging a serious lack of arts programs in many of the region's public schools, Appel Farm developed relationships with sixteen elementary, middle and high schools in Salem, Cumberland, Gloucester and Camden counties. The programs include residencies, dance and visual arts workshops and a wealth of music performances and interactive programs to 16,000 students annually.
Some previous performances include -
- Music artists - The Georgestreet Playhouse, the Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, The Kennedy Dancers, Yass Hakoshima, Marlon Simon and many others.
- Visual artists - Barbara Bullock, Eiko Fan Takahashi and many others.
- Theater artists - Children's Classics Theatre
Community Arts Programs
Over the years, Appel Farm has involved the community in creating a number of works both on-site as well as off-site in neighboring area. Working with professional artists, youth and adults have collaborated in the creation of outdoor sculpture and decorative tile installations, painted murals, indoor wall reliefs and more.
The Center received funding from PNC Bank's Arts Alive Initiative to produce "Art in the Marketplace". Cesar Viveros-Herrera, world-renowned mural artist from Philadelphia, PA was enlisted to head the design and execution of two murals located in Vineland and Bridgeton, New Jersey. These murals focus on a common agricultural theme and were produced with the assistance of local area residents and community business members from each town.
Summer Arts Camp Community Outreach
Bringing the arts to those who are among the most isolated in our communities is an ongoing goal of the Center. Students and instructors from the Arts Camp plan programs and activities that are presented in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, youth residential centers, community centers and special needs programs throughout the region. The act of "giving back" and sharing with a larger community are fundamental to Appel Farm's mission. Our camp youth become ultimately more aware of the diverse audiences who can enjoy and benefit from their many talents.