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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Thank you for supporting the Manus Sunoco Mural!

On Sept. 20th, Erie Arts & Culture co-hosted a dedication ceremony for the mural that Antonio Howard and Ceasar Westbrook painted to honor 92 year old Luther Manus. Mayor Joseph Schember issued a proclamation declaring October 10, Luther’s birthday, Luther R. Manus Jr. Day in the City of Erie, in perpetuity. 

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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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Posts & News

Sudanese Henna Mural Unveiling

Erie Arts & Culture is excited to reveal the finished mural at Lake Erie International Market.  The market is located at the corner of Brown Avenue and Cherry Street in the City of Erie. 

Erie Arts & Culture worked with New American artists to develop projects that improve the exterior facades of ethnic markets located within the City of Erie. This project also supports the City of Erie’s efforts to become a certified Welcoming City through Welcoming America, a national organization that provides the roadmap and support for cities to become more inclusive toward immigrants and all residents.

Using henna inspired designs, Nialwak painted a mural around the doorway of the Lake Erie International Market. An all-female team of artists who recently created the mural on 7th and State Street celebrating women’s right to vote provided guidance and instruction to Nialwak. 

Enter to win a copy of "Textures" with a donation to the CHROMA Guild

We're excited to give away two copies of Textures: The History and Art of Black Hair.

The book coincides with an exhibit at Kent State University slated to open on September 10, 2021 and continues through August 14, 2022. Presently, the book is only available for pre-order, with a release date of October 30, 2020. All proceeds benefit Erie Arts & Culture's CHROMA Guild.

Call for Artists: Public Art Opportunity | Q&A Recording Available

The City of Erie is accepting qualifications from visual artists, including graphic designers, residing in Erie County for a public art opportunity. Finished artwork for this project will be incorporated into vinyl wraps covering two City of Erie bandwagons.

On October 21, Erie Arts & Culture hosted an information session to address questions artists had about the application process. We've included a recording of our Q&A session for your convenience.