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

Welcoming March's Visiting Artist in Residence, Rachel Libeskind

On March 1, 2021, Erie Arts & Culture welcomes our third visiting artist of 2021, Rachel Libeskind. Rachel’s residency will be split into two chunks of time, with the first half of her residency spanning March 1st through the 5th. Rachel will then return to Erie on the 10th and continue to be in residence with Erie Arts & Culture through March 22nd.

Announcing the Great Lake Ice Break

New Fundraiser Hopes to Become Regional Tradition
Erie Arts & Culture and Presque Isle Partnership Launch the Great Lake Ice Break

In 2019, Erie Arts & Culture and the Presque Isle Partnership developed a collaborative fundraiser modeled after an Alaskan tradition that’s occurred annually since 1917. Unfortunately, winter conditions in 2019 and 2020 didn’t prove favorable for the fundraiser and plans sat on ice until 2021. With formal permission received from the Erie Western Pennsylvania Port Authority, the two non-profit organizations will finally have an opportunity to test the merits of the innovative fundraiser to determine if it has what it takes to become an annual tradition for the region.

Second Lady Gisele Barreto Fetterman Supports Erie Arts & Culture Through Artmaking

Thank you, Gisele!

Second Lady Gisele Barreto Fetterman recognizes that 2020 presented a lot of challenges to the non-profit sector. She's identified a creative way to support non-profits throughout the commonwealth who have missions that align with her priorities.