We launched the Emergency Financial Assistance Fund in response to COVID-19. 

We’ve provided $33,400 in financial support to over 115 applicants.

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We work to preserve and promote diverse cultures.

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

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In 2016, 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. 

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We administer an annual United Arts Fund, which provides unrestricted financial support to our Cultural Service Partners.

The 2019 fund drive raised over $678,000.

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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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Activating Parade Street | Community Chat

What activities, amenities, or assets do you think of when it comes to the activation of Parade Street?

Perhaps you imagine more public art or a range of small businesses serving the direct needs of the community. Maybe you imagine engaging activities that represent the spectrum of diversity found within the community. Perhaps you imagine bike lines and cross walks that prioritize pedestrian usage.

Share your thoughts and input with artists our Creating With Community artists Samone and Michael Haas on August 14 at 6 PM. Please register using the Eventbrite link.

Erie Dance Film Festival

Erie Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees would like to encourage innovation and collaboration within Erie’s dance community. To accomplish this, the agency’s Board approved allocating $12,500 from the agency’s reserves to fund the inaugural Erie Dance Film Festival.

The festival will be scheduled to tour throughout Erie County in 2021. Tauna Hunter, a member of Erie Arts & Culture’s Board of Trustees and a retired professor of dance at Mercyhurst University, is chairing a task force composed of members for Erie’s dance community. The task force will help design and launch the initiative. The film festival will highlight dance for camera, a film genre that merges performance and film aesthetics. In addition to bolstering dance in Erie County, this initiative also supports efforts to advance filmmaking in Northwestern Pennsylvania.


CALL FOR ARTISTS OF COLOR: Food Access and Social Justice Mural Public Art Project

Erie Arts & Culture seeks visual artists of color with strong portfolios who are interested in public art opportunities. Artists must be flexible, collaborative, and reliable. The Lead Artist(s) and Assistants will work together to create a new site-specific, original, and public mural for the Whole Foods Co-op (WFC), located at 1341 W 26th St., Erie, PA 16508. This mural will be part of the WFC’s facade revitalization and community outreach efforts.