Donate to Erie Arts & Culture

Join in Building a Vibrant Future!

Our extraordinary arts and cultural experiences:

  • Make our Region a Destination
    A vibrant arts community is vital in attracting visitors, employees, businesses, and talent.
    In 2012, more than two-thirds of American adult travelers say they included a cultural, arts, heritage, or historic activity/event while on a trip 50 miles or more.
  • Deepen our Roots
    Build a vibrant community! Individuals who engage in the arts-artists, volunteers, attendees of a fair or festival-build a more positive and connected community outlook.
  • Bridge Cultural Divides
    The arts celebrate our community's vibrant people and reflect all races and ethnicities building a greater understanding and appreciation for one another.
  • Enliven Neighborhoods
    Arts organizations are vital hubs that bond neighbors, celebrate local heritage, and build relationships that support local business and foster civic pride.
  • Fuel Creativity and Learning
    The arts transform the educational experience by enhancing the learning process across all curriculum, and developing essential skills like, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.
    In a survey by the Conference Board, 72 of those employers say they can't find people with the creative skills they seek.

Make a Difference with One Gift!

A donation to the community's Arts & Culture Campaign supports multiple arts and cultural activities and organizations with just one gift.
How far does $1 go?

  • 65% provides operational funding to cherished cultural assets: Erie Art Museum, Historical Society of Erie County, Erie Playhouse, Erie Philharmonic, expERIEnce Children's Museum, Dafmark Dance Theater, Erie Maritime Museum/US Brig Niagara and the Lake Erie Ballet
  • 10% is added to revenue from the Erie Arts Endowment to support grants for more than 51 arts and cultural projects throughout Erie County
  • 20% supports Erie Arts & Culture's work to strengthen and unite the creative energy of our region
  • 5% is allocated to Campaign costs that help unite donors and mobilize funding for arts and culture organizations and activities

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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