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Erie Arts & Culture Spearheads Art and Industry Residency Project—Press Conference to take place at location of first public art piece.

Erie, PA – Erie Arts & Culture invites the community to attend a press conference on October 8th at 10:00 a.m. for the public announcement of the Art and Industry Residency Project, a collaborative initiative that will culminate in the production of three new public art pieces to be placed in Erie’s historic manufacturing corridor.   The project is intended to create a pipeline for the manufacturing industry to educate youth on career benefits within the sector, enhance the soft and hard skills students will need to excel in the industry, and ignite pride in Erie’s manufacturing heritage. 

To create the first public art pieces, Erie Arts & Culture convened three local manufacturers—Modern Industries, Erie Press Systems and Erie Concrete and Steel Supply—with students from Erie County Technical School.  Each partnering manufacturer introduced the students to Erie’s manufacturing history, current career opportunities, future needs of the manufacturing workforce, and industry impact on our region’s economic future. With that knowledge as inspiration, the students participated in a residency program led by local State-approved teaching artists Tom Ferraro and Ed Grout to increase their understanding of the region’s manufacturing history, current manufacturing needs and emerging trends by designing public art pieces focused on manufacturing. Additional residencies will engage students in fabrication and installation of public art pieces. 

The October 8th press conference will be held at the site location of the first public art installation; the currently vacant lot at 13th and Holland across from Lovell Place, owned by Rick Griffith Properties.  Project details and design renderings of the first piece will be announced at the conference, as will the locations for the other public art pieces and project partners.  Artists, investors, and key organizers of the Art and Industry Project will be present for comment.  

The Art and Industry Project is funded locally by Erie Arts & Culture, a National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks Grant, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the United Way of Erie County.

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