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Our four programmatic pillars

Capacity Building

We serve as a capacity builder of the individuals and organizations that comprise the creative and cultural sector.

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Arts in Lifelong Learning

We advocate for and fund opportunities for arts in lifelong learning.

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Preserving Diverse Cultures

We preserve and promote the diverse cultures that represent our communities.

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We facilitate people and place-based development initiatives.

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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

Chautauqua School of Art Residency Program Info Session with Sharon Louden

Join us for a PRO Network webinar on February 10 at 6 PM on Facebook Live and Zoom.

Learn about this exciting residency program which welcomes artists aged 21 and older without any education requirements to engage in a mentored, intergenerational, inclusive, and open experience that promotes possibilities through experimentation and expansive creativity in a brave space.

Not only is this session an introduction to the Chautauqua School of Art residency program, this session serves as a professional development session as Sharon Louden, Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Visual Arts, will take you through the application process and more!

Peggy Quinn Clay Studio opens Artlore Studio Show

Peggy Quinn of East Springfield, PA opened her clay studio in the fall of 2020. She creates both functional pottery and decorative works in clay. Her work is primarily wheel-thrown, often with hand-modeled additions.

Much of Peggy's pottery which is heavily influenced by the elegant pottery from the Song Dynasty in China, is on display at Artlore Studio's gallery on West Lake Road until the second week of January. Her pottery is on sale through the gallery show as well as her website 

Art & Politics: How to Fund Creative Projects by Engaging Stakeholders

On January 6th join Creative Placemaking Specialist and Arts Advocate Kady Yellow for a highly informative one-hour session to learn the nuanced world of stakeholder support and face the age-old challenge of funding your imagination and creativity. Yellow has spoke on similar topics at the Global Mural Conference, Statewide Conference on MI Downtowns, Placemaking Week, and the Creative Placemaking Summit. Yellow will address stakeholder management, how to establish trust and gain supporters for your project and will share key pointers for artists on how to better understand the business of the art world. Yellow will provide behind-the-scenes industry knowledge after working in New York and Los Angeles on how to think through grants, identify opportunities for revenue, and how to navigate the constantly evolving world of arts funding.



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