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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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Placemaking

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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Impact

Personal

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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Community

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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Economic

The industries of the twenty-first century depend on a generation of innovation through creativity.

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Posts & News

Ignite Arts Grant applications are now open! Join us for an info session on Oct 6.

Erie Arts & Culture Ignite Arts Grants are designed to support a variety of arts activities in Erie County to help strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the region and enrich the lives of our residents and visitors through arts and culture.

Announcing the 54th Annual United Arts Fund

Erie Arts & Culture and its Cultural Service Partners invite the public to participate in the 2021 United Arts Fund, which started on September 1 and will continue through December 31, 2021.

Panel: Restorative Justice and the Arts Amongst Juvenile Populations

Panel: Restorative Justice and the Arts Amongst Juvenile Populations

Join us on September 16 at 6 PM at the Erie Art Museum or Facebook Live!

On September 16 at 6:00 PM, join Erie Arts & Culture at the Erie Art Museum for a live panel discussion focused on restorative justice through the arts amongst juvenile populations. The conversation will be moderated by Ken Nickson, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Erie's Public Schools. Contributing to this important conversation are:

Tony Rodrigues - Erie Arts & Culture's visiting artist for the month of September. For more than 20 years, Tony has taught painting to youth at a Duval County pre-trial detention center.

Antonio Howard - A rostered teaching artist with Erie Arts & Culture and a community muralist. Antonio is a former juvenile lifer.

Maria Goellner - Maria is a former Federal Public Defender and now serves as the Pennsylvania State Policy Director at FAMM, a nonpartisan criminal justice reform organization that amplifies the voices of families impacted by incarceration.

The panel will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Through a partnership with Community Access Media (CAM), this discussion will be streamed through Erie Arts & Culture and CAM's digital platforms, including Facebook Live and YouTube.