The Leading Ladies / Erie Arts & Culture

Northwestern PA is full of women who care about the vibrancy of our region, and who want to connect with each other while sharing in extraordinary arts and cultural experiences. Erie Arts & Culture wants to leverage the power of women and these experiences to make our communities more connected and vibrant. To help achieve this, and in celebration of the momentous occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Arts & Culture Campaign, Erie Arts & Culture has implemented the Leading Ladies Affinity Group and welcomes our first class! 


Leading Ladies members commit to an annual leadership gift to the Erie Arts Endowment of at least $1,000 for a minimum of three consecutive years. 

Download the Leading Ladies Pledge Form.


Our arts and cultural organizations have become champions for Arts in Education, developing programming that addresses an ever-growing need in our community.  As a Leading Lady, you can help provide the means to continue the educational outreach that is vital for children to develop the soft skills needed for success in school, work, and life. 

Choose one of ten funds to designate your contribution:

  • The McCain Unrestricted Fund
  • The Clarence E. Beyers Music Performance Fund
  • Arts in Education Fund
  • The James R. McBrier Memorial Fund                                                   
  • Sub-Funds Benefiting Beloved Organizations:
    • Erie Art Museum and Erie Art Museum Public Art Programs
    • Lake Erie Ballet
    • expERIEnce Children's Museum
    • Erie Philharmonic
    • Erie Playhouse
    • Erie Arts & Culture

Children view Art at the Erie Art Museum



As a Leading Lady, you have the opportunity to connect with other women who are passionate about providing a vibrant future for arts and cultural experiences in our region. Lading Lady members believe:

  • When women come together, powerful things can happen in our community.
  • Arts and cultural experiences help make the Erie region a place people want to be.
  • The power of Arts in Education fuels creativity and learning that will help our children build 21st Century Learning Skills.                


  • Annual Leading Ladies Cocktail Reception
  • Leading Ladies experiences throughout the year at regional art and cultural venues
  • Recognition in the Leading Ladies Roster in Erie Arts & Culture's Annual Report and website
  • Leading Ladies Bracelet (Inaugural bracelet and bead issued upon membership.  Additional artist commissioned beads distributed every year you remain a Leading Lady).

Leading Ladies Bracelet

Leading Ladies Roster:

  • Anonymous
  • Bridget Barber
  • Susan Breon
  • Noel J. Burgoyne
  • Mrs. Mary Ellen Dahlkemper
  • Donna E. Douglass
  • Martha Hilbert
  • Mrs. Blossom R. McBrier
  • Lynn M. McBrier
  • Emma Lee McCloskey
  • Deborah W. Murphy
  • Sharon Stoik

                        Join the Leading Ladies with our Downloadable Form

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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