Artists-in-Schools Program

The Artists-in-Schools Program (AISP) is The Print Center’s award winning visual arts youth education program with an established reputation for an innovative structured, yet flexible, curriculum model and capacity to deliver high quality arts instruction. Now in its eighteenth year, AISP offers completely self-contained semester-long classes providing teaching-artists-in-residence, curricula, all course materials and field trips to students in Philadelphia public high schools – completely free of charge.

Through AISP, students are engaged in all stages of art making, from conception and design, to installation and exhibition, while gaining free access to new concepts, materials, techniques and facilities. Curricula are based on exhibitions at The Print Center and include instruction in contemporary art and theory to provide a framework from which to learn the essentials of photography and printmaking using a wide range of tools and techniques. Teaching-artists, classroom teachers and students collaborate to tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of their specific classroom.

AISP:

  • introduces students to contemporary art through contact with practicing artists and visits to professional exhibitions;
  • teaches technical and creative art-making skills in photography and printmaking through hands-on experiences;
  • engages students in critical thinking and dialog through and around contemporary art;
  • enhances students’ cultural awareness and art appreciation in order to inspire them to think more expansively about their lives, potential futures and the world around them;
  • provides students with the capacity for self-expression through art-making;
  • inspires sustained working habits through a hands-on curriculum which includes both individual and collaborative art making.

During the 2019-20 school year, AISP worked with more than 600 students in 20 residencies at Olney Charter High School, Philadelphia Military Academy, Randolph Technical High School, Sankofa Freedom Academy, Tacony Academy Charter High School, The U School, Vaux Big Picture High School and George Washington High School. Teaching-Artists Eric Abaka, Rebecca Gilbert, Kennie Huang, Daniel de JesúsJoyce MillmanRob Seitz, Aki Torii and Stephanie Vance worked with Classroom Teachers Kathleen Butts, Tara CapobiancoAlisha Hagelin, Josh KleimanDavid MeekinsCory Perewiznyk, Ayinde Purnell, Dominique Samarco and Joy Waldinger to create individual and collaborative projects specific to each classroom. The dedicated and talented teaching-artists and classroom teachers were led and inspired by AISP Coordinator Lindsay Sparagana.

AISP has been generously supported by dozens of funders throughout its history. To see a full list of current funders, click here.