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For the third year, Erie Arts & Culture is pleased to make available Artist Fellowships, with up to $6,000 to individual artists living and working in Erie County, PA for unrestricted use.

The program was initiated in 2016 and is designed to support the ongoing growth and development of Erie County’s creative community.

Tom Ferraro, a member of Erie Arts & Culture's Grantmaking Committee talks about the reasons behind the creation of the fellowship program.

The fellowship program started with the idea that artists and creators need opportunities to develop their art in an "unrestricted space" without the worries of the financial resources necessary to move forward in their craft. We felt that by offering fellowships, Erie Arts and Culture can give individual artists an option outside the traditional grant cycles to apply for funds based solely on a body of work, not on how well they can write a grant application. We also felt that by offering fellowship opportunities to both established and emerging artists, our community could benefit by retaining young artists who are committed to their art, but may feel that they need to relocate to another community that may be more supportive to their needs. In short, the fellowship give more opportunities to artists and creators in the Erie community.

Artist Fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist's vision as displayed across a single criterion of work. As stated by Ferraro, "Many of the individuals who have dedicated their lives and livelihoods to the arts live an unconventional life style. They struggle to afford basic needs such as rent, health insurance, supplies, etc. By offering fellowships, Erie Arts & Culture demonstrates to the arts community that they value the creative class in the region.”

“The award of a fellowship is more than a financial tool to the recipient. It is a statement that your work has passed a vigorous review that validates a high level of achievement among your peers. It raises the value of your work and creates larger opportunities both within the Erie community and beyond.”

For the 2018 cycle, applications will be accepted from Performing and Language Arts disciplines only. To be eligible for the award, applicants must be 25 years old or older, and be a current resident of Erie County, PA for at least the two consecutive years prior to the application deadline. Applicants must neither be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program of any kind at the time of the application deadline nor may they be a member of Erie Arts & Culture’s board of directors, subcommittees or staff, or be an immediate relative of a member of Erie Arts & Culture’s board of directors, subcommittees or staff.

Applications are due July 1, 2018. Click here to learn more:


Photograph: Announcement of the 2017 Artist Fellowship recipients, from left to right: Bill Scholz (Chair, EAC Grantmaking Committee), Melinda Meyer (Program Director), Jesse James (Recipeint of an Emerging Artist Fellowship), Ramone Outlaw (Recipient of an Emerging Artist Fellowship), Amanda Sissem (Executive Director), and Jim Dible (President, EAC Board of Directors). Jamie Borowicz, recipient of the Established Artist Fellowship, is not pictured.

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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