Erie Arts Endowment // Erie Arts & Culture
In 1981, Clarence E. Beyers made a significant gift to ensure that the high-quality music performance that Clarence enjoyed and participated in during his lifetime remained for generations to come. Mr. Beyers chose to make his lasting gift to Erie Arts & Culture (legally the Arts Council of Erie) helping to establish the Erie Arts Endowment. With contributions from others passionate about the arts including Virginia Vieser and Lydia McCain, the endowment is currently valued at over $3.8 million.
Erie Arts Endowment Funds include:
- The McCain Unrestricted Fund
- The Clarence E. Beyers Music Performance Fund
- Virginia Vieser Arts in Education Fund
- The James R. McBrier Memorial Fund
- Agency Sub-Funds Benefiting these Beloved Organizations:
The Power of Planned Giving
The Erie Arts Endowment ensures that rich and diverse arts and cultural activities remain prevalent in our community for years to come. The Erie Arts Endowment provides funding to local arts organizations so that the community continues to benefit from experiences like the Lake Erie Ballet’s holiday performance of "The Nutcracker" and the eclectic atmosphere of the annual Blues and Jazz Festival. A gift to the Erie Arts Endowment provides support for regional artists in music, dance, theater and the visual arts. Your donation keeps arts and culture in Erie alive and inspired.
How can my organization receive funding from the Endowment?
Organizations can receive funding by applying for Erie Arts & Culture Grants.
Did you know:
- There is no minimum gift size. All gifts are welcome and can be made in many forms: stocks, annuities or cash gifts.
- You can direct your support to a specific organization or type of activity through the Erie Arts Endowment’s sub-funds.
- It only takes an initial contribution of $10,000 to establish a new special purpose fund.
- You can also contribute through a sub-fund established with the Erie Community Foundation.