Erie Art & Music Festival / Erie Arts & Culture

2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival. In celebration, the Erie Art Museum, Erie Arts & Culture, the Erie Community Foundation, and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority collaborated to throw a grand party and pilot what this treasured festival could look like if it were expanded into a true, all encompassing art and music extravaganza!  In addition to an outstanding musical line-up on the Main Stage for which the Blues & Jazz Festival is renowned, new efforts engaged festival attendees in performing, visual, and literary arts activities, workshops, and experiences throughout Frontier Park. Additionally, the traditional two-day festival grew into three. 

The 2017 Blues & Jazz Festival concluded with a joint announcement by the Erie Art Museum and Erie Arts & Culture, of the commitment we are making to spearhead a combined arts and music festival that could one day become a multi-venue event. Our goal is to keep outstanding blues and jazz music at the core of a new Erie Art & Music Festival but to also showcase the region’s talent in a variety of other art forms. Behind the scenes, the festival’s management will also expand. Creator and longtime Festival Director, John Vanco will join the Board of a new organization created to focus solely on the festival. This new entity will remain closely connected to Erie Arts and Culture and our mission to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie region and enrich the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture.

It's an ambitious plan and we want you to be a part of it! In preparation for 2018, Erie Arts & Culture is announcing a contest to name this re-imagined festival. Currently, we are referring to it as the Erie Art & Music Festival. The new name should capture the spirit of 25 years of Blues & Jazz while celebrating the arts experiences that make our region a destination.

Name the Erie Art & Music Festival

Submit your entry by filling out the form. Deadline to enter is October 1, 2017.  The winner will receive the 1st edition, signed and framed 2018 festival poster as well as VIP benefits throughout the entire festival weekend. Must be 18 years old to enter.  

Please submit your entry today!

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The mission of Erie Arts & Culture is to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture.
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