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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Posts & News

You're Invited! Coffee & Croissants with the Leading Ladies

Join us on May 31 at 9 AM at the gardens of Blossom McBrier.

Erie Arts & Culture’s Leading Ladies, an affinity group passionate about arts in education, are looking for new members. We invite you to join us at our annual meeting on Memorial Day to find out more about our group. The meeting will be held outdoors at the gardens of Blossom McBrier and will include a Philharmonic quartet and a tour of Blossom’s renowned gardens.

The Coffee & Croissant gathering will be an informational session and start at 9 am. There will be various horticultural demonstrations during the day and the Erie Philharmonic will perform at noon. All are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn.

News: Mercyhurst University Announces the Beyond Scholarship

Mercyhurst University recently annouced the Beyond Scholarship. The goal of this prestigious program is to connect promising students with world-class education and experiences to positively influence lives and broaden possibilities for change beyond all expectations.

The Beyond Scholarship is awarded each fall to up to 10 high-achieving students of color from the city of Erie whose family circumstances might not otherwise afford them the opportunity for higher education. The scholarship includes the full cost for tuition, fees, room, and board, less any federal or state grant aid for which the student is eligible, for four years of full-time, on-campus study.

Welcoming May's Visiting Artist in Residence, Padma Rajendran

On May 8, 2021, Erie Arts & Culture welcomes our fifth visiting artist of 2021, Padma Rajendran.

Padma was born in Klang, Malaysia and now lives in Catskill, NY. Utilizing fabric of different hierarchies, Padma experiments with the clash and combination of patterning and structure. The composition and content indicate duality that centers around multi-facetted definitions of Other and universal heritage. Encoding cloth with these adornments, inks, symbols, and scenes is a way to honor these stories, traditions, and strains. Her work addresses observations and contradictory understanding of home, homecoming, and homeland.

While in residence, Padma will work with professor Doug Eberhardt to utilize the printmaking facilities at Edinboro University. Padma plans to work on a series of screen prints on both fabric and paper.