The aieNEPA program offers school and community-based residencies as part of our services to the region.  Residencies are supported financially through a grant from the PCA to aieNEPA. School and agencies are required to pay a portion of the artist fees and are responsible for materials fees.  Residencies are a minimum of 20 days and can be extended for an entire year or longer. The aieNEPA provides consulting to establish the residency programs.

Artists create works of art with groups of either students or participants.  School-based residencies are aligned with the PA academic standards and can be integrated into academic content areas and subjects.  

If your school or agency is interested in scheduling an artist in residence program, please call Ms. Elizabeth Parry Faist at 570-876-9253  or email her at

The Lyceum School for Visual and Performing Arts will off year-round classes and programs.

Professional Development

aieNEPA conducts professional development for educators, community arts education directors and artists.  Teachers receive Act 48 hours for participation in professional training. Additionally, artists are offered ongoing training in such aspects of education as planning, instruction and assessment of residencies.  

Enhancing Educator Creativity: The Key to Student Success 

An ACT 48 Program of Broadway Theatre of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit , and aieNEPA Arts in Education 

Poetry Out Loud is a National Recitation Contest. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. AIEnepa hosts a regional contest to select a state level winner who attends the national competition. Poetry Out Loud/AIEnepa is sponsored in part by WVIA and Lackawanna County.

The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. More than 2.4 million high school students from more than 4,000 high schools across the United States have discovered the magic of beautiful language through Poetry Out Loud. 

Arts for Life is a program that engages older adults, both caregivers and care recipients, in working with professional artists to discover new, creative ideas and ways of thinking. 

Educational Performances

Broadway Theatre of Northeast Pennsylvania Educational Programs

Tickets for educational performances are available at a reduced rate because of the partnership between AIE/nepa and Broadway Theatre of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Ballet Theatre of Scranton Educational Performances

Tickets for educational performances are available at a reduced rate because of the partnership between AIE/nepa and BTOS.