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Background Clearances

Clarabelle Van Niekerk working with students from Clarion Elementary SchoolAs an ArtsPath Artist, you must have all of the clearances that are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

You may use the following links to complete the forms in order to complete the background clearance requirements. 

Act 151: Criminal History Check

To complete the Criminal History Check, submit a New Record Check at the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH) website. The Pennsylvania State Police request for Criminal Record Check is to be completed by requester (information will be mailed to requester only). There is a $8.00 nonrefundable fee for each request, regardless of outcome. Payment is accepted by credit card or by billing a pre-established account.

Act 34: Child Abuse History Clearance

To complete the form, please visit the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Information Solution (PACWIS) website and create an individual account. There is a $8.00 fee to process documents payable via debit or credit card. 

Act 114: FBI Fingerprint Clearance Check

Please follow the link to fill out the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) FBI Federal Criminal History Check for Prospective Employees at Applicant Fingerprinting Online Services. Applicants may make their payment of $27.00 online using a credit card or debit card. Follow the following link for more information on Act 114 and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

If you are unable to complete forms through the websites, please contact Jeff Wacker, ArtsPath Coordinator, Arts-in-Education Services, at (724) 357-4565 for further assistance. 

For additional information on Artists in Partnerships, visit the following pages:

Southern Allerghenies Museum of Art (SAMA)

Pittsburgh Filmmakers/PCA

Erie Arts and Culture

Galaxy: The Arts in EDU Program at Central IU 10

Logo: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

This program is made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. It is funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation and administered regionally by ArtsPath through the College of Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is additionally supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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  • Performing Arts Center, Room 202
    403 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1008
  • Phone: 724-357-4565
  • Fax: 724-357-7899
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.