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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EAC will use funds from Erie Gives to support Purposeful Placemaking, a mural initiative that has the goal of creating 50 murals along the Safer Walking Routes to School. These murals will enhance the visual landscape and spur creativity and imagination amongst youth in our community. The first 10 murals are fully funded and will be created in this summer. Your support will help us create 40 additional murals in 2023. 


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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

Erie Arts & Culture Impact Report | Q2 2022

We are proud of our accomplishments last quarter, and we invite you to read and share our 2022 Q2 Impact Report! Please download the pdf to learn about our most recent programs, services, and impact on the community. We also welcome a conversation with you if you have questions about any of our programs and initiatives. You can reach our Executive Director at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Your support helps us leverage the power of the arts and humanities to address the vital needs and interests of Erie. Together, we can make a positive impact in our community.

EAC Supports 12 African Artists through a partnership with the Erie Zoo

EAC's Kelly Armor provided support to the expERIEnce Children’s Museum and the Erie Zoo by introducing them to New American communities.

The Erie Zoo aligned their annual June fundraiser, The Mane Event (formerly GalapaZOOza), with their mission of education and the conservation of wild animals. This year the event focused on their collection of African animals. Twelve African artists and leaders representing four countries shared at the event with table displays and a presentation on the main stage.

EAC Supports Erie’s Bhutanese Major Celebrations

Erie’s Bhutanese community is around 3,000 individuals (an estimated 3% of the total population) and they have established roots in the city, purchasing homes and starting businesses.

Two different Bhutanese groups held major celebrations in the early summer of 2022. June 10-12, the Palyul Choekhor Ling Buddhist Center hosted a Vajrakilaya Puja. Over 30 Buddhist monks from across North America came to Erie to chant and pray with other devotees for three consecutive days.

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