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The Rural Arts Collaborative was founded to provide Teaching Artist residencies in rural schools in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Teaching Artists are placed in schools to work with students and teachers to enhance the existing arts curriculum and make it more robust through project based learning. Teaching Artist residencies are a generally a full academic year, and at minimum, one full academic semester, during school time.  RAC is funded by the Benedum Foundation with additional funding from Chevron, Community Foundation of Fayette County, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and EQT. The fiscal sponsor for this project is the Fayette County Cultural Trust.

For more information on the Rural Arts Collaborative please visit our web site:

Intended Outcomes:

Intended outcomes from this project and the focus of Benedum Foundation grant funds are used for:

-Expand the Rural Arts Collaborative network .

-Extend artist residencies to a full year where possible.

-Fully integrate the artist experience with formal classroom instruction.

-Continue to support existing school partnerships.  

Carmelle Nickens 
-  Rural Arts Collaborative 
RAC Founder & Project Manager

The Rural Arts Collaborative Projects by School Year