Apply for the
Arts Professional Learning Institute
Photo caption: Teaching artist Dustin Ballard (top left corner) leads participants in a creative writing exercise during an APLI Alumni call, January 2022. 
The Arts Professional Learning Institute’s mission is to provide professional learning opportunities to New Jersey’s teaching artists and school educators. APLI aims to engage the arts educator in inclusive, progressive, arts-based professional learning experiences so that the whole student can be reached.
  • Participants receive a stipend to participate in arts-specific professional learning.
  • APLI participants learn and collaborate with the state's leading arts education organizations and thinkers in arts-specific workshops.
  • Teams of APLI participants will develop peer-tested lessons plans that will be utilized in a 3-day residency.
  • APLI participants will receive free entry into Connect, the statewide teaching artist conference, to continue learning and networking with arts educators throughout the state.
This *PAID* opportunity for teaching artists and school educators is an incredible way to collaborate with likeminded individuals, create art in a safe, inclusive environment, and develop your instruction - all with student benefit in mind! Stipend amount for school educators $1100, teaching artists $3465. A travel stipend will be provided, pending in-person events.  

Deadline: Monday, November 28, 2022 | 5:00PM

How Do I Apply?
Deadline for the application is Monday, November 28, 2022 | 5:00 PM
APLI welcomes candidates of all art forms (visual, performing, literary) and backgrounds (race, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or veteran status). Applicants must have 1 - 5 years of experience in education and live or work in the state of New Jersey.
Applications are submitted via the online portal on the APLI website.
Need Help With Your Application?
Want more information about APLI? Have a question on your application? Join the APLI Team for an information session on October 25 or November 15 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM.
Talk to staff about the program, preview the workshops for this year, and share any questions you may have about the application process.
Photo caption: Year 1 APLI participants partake in a workshop with the Creativity Consultant Institute, January 2020.
What's New on the Schedule?
Radical Optimism for Educators & Artists
Presented by Rodney Camarce. This workshop is focused on helping school educators and teaching artists develop an “optimism practice” in their personal and professional lives as an anchoring tool to cultivate student agency. 
Going Beyond Grit
Join Appel Farm Arts & Music Center for a critical examination of our beliefs around grit and resilience and the ways in which these ideas are both beneficial and harmful. We will also explore alternative concepts that can be shared with students as methods of cultivating agency and empowerment.   
Demystifying Decolonization
Join Creative Praxis in a thoughtful, honest, and vulnerable workshop focused on cultivating racially equitable learning spaces. In this workshop participants will delve deep into the concept of decolonization to understand what it means, why it is necessary, and how it can be lived.
The Intentional Cultivation of Joy
Join the Institute of Music for Children in our final workshop which will focus on practical, actionable ways that school educators and teaching artists can embed joy into the work they do with their students, and how to appropriately empower students to process and understanding challenging social dynamics while still enjoying their lives.
The Arts Professional Learning Institute is a co-sponsored project of Young Audiences Arts for Learning NJ & Eastern PA and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. It is generously supported by the Grunin Foundation and the
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
(609) 243-9000 ext. 219 | |