They converted their 176-acre farm in rural Salem County, New Jersey, into a unique community of students, artists and art educators. In 1978 Appel Farm Arts and Music Center was incorporated as a nonprofit organization with a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Trustees.
Since then, Appel Farm has evolved into a multidisciplinary regional arts center serving audiences, artists and students that come from across the state, country and the world to participate in a variety of artistic programs.
The overnight summer camp is a non-competitive and supportive place of learning and personal growth for young people with interest and abilities in the arts. The camp has an international staff of artist/educators who come to teach, and to partake in the unique atmosphere of the diverse community.
Our annual one-day Arts & Music Festival, held in the first weekend in June, brings thousands of people to Salem County to enjoy live music and fine crafts.
The performing arts series at the 740-seat Landis Theater in Vinelnd features renowned artists and family entertainment.
Visual Arts, theater and music residencies and workshops impact thousands of school children in a four-county area. The elderly and disabled are encouraged in their creativity through programs at nursing homes and the ARC of Salem County.
Adults and children can take arts classes and workshops on-site, and have the opportunity to study in well-equipped arts studios with professional working artists.
Appel Farm provides a unique, noborigama wood-fire kiln to ceramic artists in the region, giving them the opportunity to advance their craft.
Our programs continue to build on the Appels' founding principles, providing opportunities for arts education, arts appreciation and creative expression to more than 55,000 children and adults a year. Our facilities are available to rent for use as a peaceful, rural retreat for groups and organizations from September-May.