About AEC


We collaborate with educators to unlock the transformative power of the arts.


We envision a diverse network of educators in Southwestern Pennsylvania that immerses young people—regardless of appearance, ability, income, or ZIP Code—in powerful, personally relevant arts learning that transforms their sense of self, ability to share thoughts and feelings, and capacity to shape communities.

Our Values

Humanity matters.

People need to be cared for before they can do their best work. Everyone we encounter in our work is worthy of being treated with respect and dignity.

The arts are essential.

We sincerely believe in the arts as an indispensable part of the human experience.

Inclusivity strengthens collaboration.

Everyone we work with knows something we don’t—we can learn from one another. Collaboration must be equitable and change-oriented if we are to dismantle harmful structures and build a liberated future. The more we share power, the better the outcome for all.

Continual inquiry propels our work.

We ask questions to further our understanding of what is and to help us figure out what might be.

Change is possible.

We believe the current way of doing things can be improved or reimagined. Our work can make a difference, especially when we are willing to take creative risks.

Learn more about Our Work.

Arts Education Collaborative was established in 1998 to support quality arts education in southwestern Pennsylvania. To do that, we focus our work on educators in schools and arts organizations. Below are some notable numbers from 2018 that show the breadth and depth of our work.


facilitated connections


hours in school districts


students impacted by revised curriculum


continuing education hours awarded

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