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Northern Tier Partnership for Arts in Education

Arts in Education

The Northern Tier Partnership for Arts in Education (NTPAIE) is a partnership program of the Bradford County Regional Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Initiated in 1997, the NTPAIE provides arts education programming for Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Sullivan, Tioga & Wyoming counties.

Pennsylvania Council of the Arts

NTPAIE strives to provide intensive, on-going arts experiences, that: affirm the creative potential of each person; enhance technical knowledge and ability; inspire creativity; stimulate the expression of personal vision; and applaud achievement. NTPAIE nurtures arts in education through collaborations among regional communities, schools and artists.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency charged with the development and promotion of the arts in the Commonwealth.  To accomplish its mission, the PCA encourages educational excellence through participation in the creative process in schools and educational settings.  Study of the arts provides Pennsylvania's youth with positive models for teamwork, project management and goal setting, along with opportunities for academic achievement and intellectual and emotional discovery.

NTPAIE Projects Include

Artist Residencies

Teachers & artists partner in the classroom to share tools, skills & knowledge with a goal of improving and/or enhancing learning in and through the arts. Practicing, professional artists connect with schools, Head Start programs, youth groups, libraries, etc. (any non-profit is eligible), for an extended period of time. Educators work collaboratively with artists and Arts Council staff to develop and implement programs tailored to engage students, teachers and communities in the creative process. Students interact with the artist, learning and/or reinforcing existing curricular or program goals through the arts. Artist residencies allow students to achieve success, build self confidence, explore & experiment within their learning environment, think creatively and communicate effectively. Matching funds for artist residencies are available to schools & non-profit organizations through NTPAIE and the PA Council on the Arts. For more information or to learn about the artists in our directory, contact Kelly White at  Visit our Forms page for more program information.

Endless Mountains Digital Film Festival

Designed "to encourage the creative and pioneering spirit of people working in digital arts," this annual Film Festival is open to filmmakers of all ages. For more information contact the BCRAC at 570-268-ARTS (2787) or visit our Forms page for the current guidelines.

Arts Excellence Awards

Hua Hua Mask

BCRAC recognizes a graduating senior from each of the region's nine school districts: Athens, Canton, Northeast Bradford, Sayre, Sullivan County, Towanda, Troy, Wyalusing and Waverly (NY) with an Arts Excellence Award. Each student is selected to receive the award by their school.

Learning Early Network

Teaching the Class

Arts programming for early childhood:  artist/teacher partnerships & artist residencies, annual early childhood conference, workshops & teacher training opportunities, etc. (visit

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud

The Bradford County Regional Arts Council Invites High School students in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Sullivan, Tioga, and West Wyoming counties to compete in POETRY OUT LOUD: National Recitation Contest.

What is Poetry Out Loud (POL)?

Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and BCRAC, Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. ThroughPoetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Starting in the fall and continuing through the spring of each school year, schools in every region of Pennsylvania are invited to participate in classroom, school-wide and regional contests, advancing to a state competition typically held in March in Harrisburg. State champions advance to the national Finals, held in April in Washington, DC. The NEA, the Poetry Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts have partnered to provide materials, grants, prizes and the State and National Finals in the spring. With this support, Bradford County Regional Arts Council will provide resources to high schools in this region.

Bradford County Regional Arts Council implements one of the regional competitions and sends one winner to the State Finals each year; regional competition is usually held in February.

How to Get Involved in Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud Participants (2013)

Poetry Out Loud Participants (2013)

High school teachers who are interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud should know that the program requires less than two or three weeks of class time. High schools that wish to be part of the official Poetry Out Loud program should complete the Invite and Participation Form (below) and submit to Kelly White at the Bradford County Regional Arts Council; a POL packet will be mailed to you upon receipt.

POL packets include, free, standards-based curriculum materials for your use. These materials include a DVD program guide to help instructors teach recitation and performance, and two posters. Program materials available for download and additional resources are available at

Congratulations to our 2013 Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition winner:  Ean Ammerman of Sullivan County High School.