Apply to the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program

The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program matches eligible creative entrepreneurs with existing, free, local, small business consulting services and financial resources ranging from $500 to $2,000 to help them grow their businesses, audiences, and revenue.

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ARTISTS: Apply for a Northwestern PA Arts Recovery Grant

As part of the Northwest Pennsylvania Arts Recovery Grant Program, Erie Arts & Culture offers a new funding opportunity to artists living and working in Erie, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Mercer, and Lawrence Counties.

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ORGANIZATIONS: Apply for a Northwestern PA Arts Recovery Grant

As part of the Northwest Pennsylvania Arts Recovery Grant Program, Erie Arts & Culture offers a new funding opportunity to non-profit cultural organizations in Erie, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Mercer, and Lawrence Counties.

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Learn about Purposeful Placemaking

In a span of 2 years, EAC and United Way will facilitate the installation of 50 new murals along the Safer Walks to Schools routes.

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Western PA Maker Market

November 19 from 10 - 3 PM: Leading into the 2022 Holiday Season, Erie Arts & Culture invites you to the second annual Western Pennsylvania Maker Market - a one-day pop-up marketplace that is an alternative to mainstream retail.

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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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about us

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

EAC Friday Feature: Nadya Makay

Erie Arts & Culture is proud to present this week's Friday Feature! Nadya Makay is an upcoming photography who truly loves what she does! Being introduced to the beauty of the outside world through the lens of a child growing up in a rural area, she learned early on to find beauty in the simple natures of life. She found her way to Photography and hasn't looked back since. She has turned her fondness and appreciation for the raw wonders of her environment into a passion that she intends to work progressively towards mastering. I had the pleasure of getting to know her story.

Grant Writing: An Organizational Approach | Feb 18 at 10 am

EVENT DATE: Feb 18 from 10 am - 1 pm

Please join EAC for a PRO Network discussion about grant writing from an organizational approach with Richard Peterson on Feb 18 from 10 am - 1 pm. We'll gather in the Admiral Room in the Blasco Library. This workshop is designed to help participants not only write grants, but also to fit the grant writing process into the larger context of organizational development. It will cover more than just the key components of a grant; it will teach organizations to use grant funding as a tool for program implementation and performance review. Furthermore, this workshop will discuss ways to sustain new programs beyond the typical grant period of one to two years, a critical feature of building lasting relationships with funders. The workshop will also examine trends in foundation giving and how those trends have affected both grant writing and program development in the non-profit sector.

Participants will have the opportunity to conduct a foundation prospect search for their organizations; they will also have time to work on their current grants, if applicable.

There are 20 spots available so please register in advance to save your seat!

Erie Arts & Culture to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Erie Arts & Culture (EAC) is pleased to announce it’s been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a grant of $10,000. This award will support capacity building for New American folk artists. This grant is one of 1,251 awards recently announced by the NEA.

“This grant strategically ties into three our four pillars of service, Capacity Building, Arts and Learning, and Honoring and Preserving Diverse Cultures,” states Patrick Fisher, Executive Director of EAC. “It also builds on the work we started with a prestigious Doris Duke Foundation Award in 2020.” The current  grant funds eight New American artists to share their art and stories this spring at McDowell High School, and Sharpsville and Titusville middle schools, and to present at the Erie Blues & Jazz Festival and Celebrate Erie.

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