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Mission & History

Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus

TRANSFORMATIVE ARTS & LEARNING 

In 1960, guided by a sense of curiosity and grounded in humor and hard work, Albert and Clare Appel transitioned their 176-acre farm and its 20,000 chickens into a thriving summer community focused on the raw talent and emergent curiosity of humans aged 7 to 17: Appel Farm Arts Camp was born.

Over the past 60 years, Appel Farm has delivered transformative arts and learning experiences as the arts education leader in South Jersey. Programs on our campus at Appel Farm, in the schools, and in the community are raising the bar of arts education for our children and families in our community.

Mission

The mission of Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus 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. We believe that the arts are an exciting and essential part of the learning process and that artistic talent is innate and waiting to be developed in every person.

History

Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus was founded as a private summer arts camp for children in 1960 by Albert and Clare Appel, who were musicians and professional arts educators. Believing that art transforms people’s lives and plays a crucial role in developing a child’s learning skills, personal growth, and sense of community and responsibility, the Appels converted their 176-acre farm in rural Salem County, New Jersey, into a unique community of students, artists and art educators. Appel Farm was incorporated in 1978 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Trustees. Appel Farm became the arts education leader in South Jersey, with programs that build on the Appels’ founding principles.

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