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. 

Awards & Honors

Artist of the Week

This television campaign, conceptualized by NEIU, is designed to call attention to high school students who have excelled in the study of the arts. The partnering high school selects two students, one visual artist and one performing artist, who will be interviewed at the WVIA studios for a 1-minute vignette. The Artist of the Week spot showcases the student, their high school and their school district and salutes them for their artistic achievement. The program will be aired on WVIA TV for one week and will be available on for one year. That artist will receive a copy of their performance and be in the running to compete for Artist of the Year and will also be honored on WVIA’s Scholastic Achievement Awards Show in May. For students in Grades 10-12.

Arts in Education Awards Luncheon

AIE/nepa and NEIU sponsor an awards luncheon to honor individuals and students who have contributed to or excelled in the arts. The luncheon showcases student artwork in addition to professional pieces. The luncheon also includes student performances honoring educators receiving awards. This event is scheduled in May.

Artist of the Month

Art for All Seasons: Student Artist of the Month is a contest sponsored by the Scranton Times and Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit. Twelve winners are selected overall, each of whom will appear on the monthly calendar cover page of the Lifestyles section of The Sunday Times throughout the year. Photos of the student artists, along with write-ups that include artists’ statements and information, appear with the winning entries. A gallery event is held in early spring to showcase all entries. Check out Artist of the Month winners here.

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.