We promote and support diverse cultures.

Much of this work involves building relationships with Erie’s immigrant and refugee communities.

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We are Placemakers.

Through creative placemaking initiatives, Erie Arts & Culture engages communities in a spectrum of creative efforts, from one-off projects to intentional and strategic plans that incorporate the arts and humanities more systematically into neighborhood development.

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We are Capacity Builders.

Erie Arts & Culture nurtures resilient individuals and organizations - equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and resources to serve an always evolving community. 

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We foster and support Arts in Lifelong Learning.

For this reason, Erie Arts & Culture envisions a region where every person has access to meaningful experiences that utilize the arts as a tool for personal development, both in academic and communal environments.

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About EAC

Erie Arts & Culture is committed to improving the lives of our region's residents. We do this by leveraging the power of culture and creativity to address the vital needs and interests of Erie and Northwestern Pennsylvania. We support broad accessibility to engage with the cultural sector educationally, socially, and economically - during all life stages.

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Impact

Personal

Exposure to, and participation in, the arts teaches essential life skills. Access to arts and culture, especially during key developmental ages, has the power to shape character and influence upward mobility later in life.

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Community

Arts and cultural experiences have broad appeal, drawing attendees and participants representing a diversity of race, geography, age, and socioeconomic class.

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Economic

The industries of the twenty-first century depend on a generation of innovation through creativity.

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Posts & News

Announcing the Bayview Park Mural in advance of Erie Gives Day 2021

The City of Erie is slated to receive another large scale mural. The site for this new piece of public art are the basketball courts at Bayview Park. The initiative led by Erie Arts & Culture is a collaboration with the agency’s CHROMA Guild and is funded with support from Brian and Linda Graff, Erie Insurance and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), and a special grant from the Erie Community Foundation. 

Brian and Linda (Hoehn) Graff made their first contribution to Erie Arts & Culture in 2019 as part of Erie Gives. That donation funded the mural “Rudy,” located on Methodist Towers and painted by international artist Evoca1. The Graffs made another contribution to Erie Arts & Culture on Erie Gives 2020 and that gift is supporting this mural project. 

 

Teaching Artist Feature: Annie Schmitt

Each month, Erie Arts & Culture highlights one or more of our Teaching Artists. The goal of these monthly posts is to share the wonderful work our TA’s accomplish and their impact on our community! This month's feature is Annie Schmitt.

Fellowship Applications Are Now Open

Interested in an Artist Fellowship? Learn more about becoming an artist fellow in our latest blog post. 

Erie Arts & Culture committed to making a greater investment in the artists living and working in Erie County by establishing the annual Artist Fellowship program. This program provides cash awards to three artists from Erie County. The Fellowship, which includes cash awards ranging between $2,000-$5,500, helps individual artists sustain or enhance their creative process and advance their career in the arts. 

The deadline is now extended to July 30 for Fellowship Applications.