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

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Posts & News

Opportunities for Creatives: Artist Entrepreneurial Fund, Public Art RFQs, and more

Bridgeway Capital has launched the CDCP + Monmade Art Business Coaching Program. The Erie County Redevelopment Authority has opened its second round of grants for artist entrepreneurs. Bakery Square is soliciting qualifications from artists or artist teams, to provide artwork incorporated into/onto the façade of its newly renovated building at 6425 Penn Ave, on the interior of its campus in the Larimer neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA.

Active Erie/ Creating with Community Information Session

Interested in applying to become a Creating with Community Artist?

Join us for an Information Session on January 19 at 6 PM. Learn more about this year's initiative and get all of your questions answered about the application.

Erie Arts & Culture will be present to walk through the program application and the City of Erie will be present to explain what the Active Transportation Plan is.  We are distributing a Request for Qualifications from artists for our 2021 program. We seek submissions from artists and creatives who are interested in collaborative and participatory approaches to art-making and community building. Artists who participate in the program must be willing to include community members as a central part of planning, implementing, and evaluating creative projects.

Paper Clips | Join us to Examine the American Dream and Who Has Access to It

Examining the American Dream, and who has access to it, through books and movies.

Please join us for Paper Clips, a virtual program that uses literature and film to frame conversations about community issues and social change. Hayes Moses and Abdullah Washington will return to co-facilitate lively discussions centering around "The Fire Next Time" written by James Baldwin and the movie "I Am Not Your Negro" a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck.