History & Mission
Founder Albert Appel
Appel Farm was founded as a private summer arts camp for children in 1960 by Albert and Clare Appel, who were professional musicians and arts educators. Believing that the arts play a crucial role in developing a child's learning skills, encourage personal growth, and instill a sense of community and responsibility, they converted their 176-acre farm in rural Salem County, New Jersey, into a unique community of students, artists and art educators. Appel Farm Arts and Music Center was incorporated in 1978 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Trustees.
Since its founding, Appel Farm has evolved into a major regional arts center with diverse facilities. It provides opportunities for arts education, arts appreciation and creative expression to audiences, artists and students through local, regional, national and international programs that build on the Appels' founding principles.