Appel Farm Arts and Music Center
457 Shirley Road
P.O. Box 888
Elmer, NJ 08318-0888
ContactMs. Cori A. Solomon
For general operating support for Appel Farm's arts education programs and activities in area schools and communities.
Appel Farm's mission is to provide people of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds with a supportive, cooperative environment in which to explore the fine and performing arts. This commitment is rooted in the principle that the arts are an essential part of the learning process and that artistic talent is innate and waiting to be developed in every person.
In 1960, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center was founded by Albert and Clare Appel, musicians and professional arts educators who believed that the arts play a crucial role in fostering a child's learning skills, personal growth and sense of identity. They converted the majority of their 100+ acre farm located just outside of Philadelphia in nearby Elmer, New Jersey into a unique community of students and art educators. In 1978, Appel Farm incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a professional staff and volunteer Board of Trustees who continued to expand its programs on the Appel's founding philosophy "to provide people of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds with a supportive, cooperative environment in which to explore the arts."
Today, Appel Farm is recognized as a major regional arts center offering high quality, transformative experiences through arts education, arts appreciation and creative expression to artists, students and the public through local, regional, national and international programs. Programs include an internationally renowned Arts Camp, an arts-based summer learning and youth development program for children; Community Arts Outreach Programs serving at-risk populations; and year-round arts classes and workshops. Major annual funding for the Center comes from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, which for the past 20 years has acknowledged Appel Farm's "remarkable contributions made to the cultural life of New Jersey."