About Appel Farm

Transformative Arts & Learning

In 1960, guided by a sense of curiosity and grounded in humor and hard work, Albert and Claire Appel transitioned their 176-acre farm and its 20,000 chickens into a thriving summer community focused on the raw talent and emergent curiosity of humans aged 7 to 17: Appel Farm Arts Camp was born.

Over the past 60 years, Appel Farm has delivered transformative arts and learning experiences as the arts education leader in South Jersey. Programs on our campus, in local schools, and in the community are raising the bar of arts education for our children and our families.

Mission & History

The Appels, both professional musicians and music educators, believed that the arts play a crucial role in developing a child’s learning skills, encouraging personal growth, and instilling a sense of community and responsibility. They believed that all children have artistic talent, thus the camp was intended to promote a supportive environment in which the individual child can learn, experience and grow in a wide variety of artistic media.

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center was incorporated in 1978 as a non-profit, charitable and educational organization with tax-exempt status, professional staff, and volunteer Board of Directors. Its stated mission is: To provide people of all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds with a supportive environment in which they can appreciate, study and actively participate in the visual and performing arts.

Now in its seventh decade, Appel Farm has evolved into a multidisciplinary regional arts center serving audiences, artists, and students through local, regional, national, and international programs. Our programs build on the Appel’s founding principles, providing opportunities for arts education, arts appreciation and creative expression to more than 32,000 children and adults.