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Erie Arts & Culture Impact Report | Q2 2022

Monday Aug 8th, 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.

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

Monday Aug 8th, 2022

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.

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EAC Supports Erie’s Bhutanese Major Celebrations

Monday Aug 8th, 2022

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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Edison Elementary Residency Highlight

Monday Aug 8th, 2022

Edison Elementary School hosted an artist-in-residence to work with their 3rd graders. Kelly Armor, a local folklorist and storyteller, worked with teachers to connect narrative, a visit to Presque Isle, and their ecology unit. Armor’s residency at Edison is an outcome of a new diversity, equity, and inclusion partnership with the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Erie Arts & Culture administered the residency. All the third graders at Edison went on a field trip where they saw wildlife, discovered fossils, and explored the beaches with Presque Isle environmental educators. They also learned lots of folk tales from Armor and Rochester-based Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground. Armor states, “Many folk tales explain the natural world in fanciful ways, but they also emphasize our connections to all living things and the importance of cooperation and kindness.”

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Mikel Prester Residency Highlight

Monday Aug 8th, 2022

Mikel Prester is a teaching artist and musician, who recently completed a residency at the Meadville Council of the Arts (MCA) in rural Crawford County.  The residency engaged half a dozen Meadville residents in a six-day workshop that not only taught the musical and technical foundations of jazz and the blues, but, more importantly, the cultural roots and history of Black American music.

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EAC Friday Feature: Brittany Morton

Friday Jul 29th, 2022

Erie Arts & Culture is proud to present this week's Friday Feature! Brittany Morton has been gracing many of Erie's stages for over a decade, entertaining us with her infectious personality and undeniably amazing voice. As both a solo artist as well as a member of The Groove, she has given us quality, consistency, and style that is unmatched. I had the chance to catch up with Brittany to learn more about what inspired her to pursue the Music path, who has inspired her delivery, and what the next steps are in her career.

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EAC Friday Feature: Nicholas Nasibyan

Friday Jul 29th, 2022

Erie Arts & Culture is proud to present this week's Friday Feature! Nicholas Nasibyan, a talented Piano, Organ, Trumpet, Guitar, & Drum player who has interweaved his varied life and cultural influences into his compositions and performances. I was able to learn about how his well-travelled perspective has played a role in the way he creates, as well as his ambitions for expanding his artistic endeavors in the City of Erie!

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EAC Friday Feature: Doug Baker

Friday Jul 22nd, 2022

Erie Arts & Culture is proud to present this week's Friday Feature! Doug Baker is the expert you should talk too when it comes to brewing the perfect cup of coffee. His company, North Edge Craft Coffee, is taking the coffee industry by storm...one bean at a time. This Erie native let's nothing get in his way, and he proves it through consistency, growth, and humility. One of the many Honorees of Erie's Top 40 Under 40, Doug granted us the opportunity to learn about his process as a business owner.

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EAC Friday Feature: Samantha Randall

Friday Jul 15th, 2022

Erie Arts & Culture is proud to present this week's Friday Feature! Samantha Randall is giving the Erie region something to rant and rave about with her fun-loving personality and vegan, sweet treat food truck business known as Sundae Vegan Desserts. With a love of fashion, animal welfare, and baking, she's proving that artistry can be practiced in a multitude of different disciplines and avenues. Her dedication to giving back also demonstrates that philanthropy is best served genuinely, as she's found a way to merge her dedication for animal welfare with her creative expression via baking sweet goods. She's recently been listed as one of Erie's Top 40 Under 40 recipients, and it's a well-deserved recognition for this young powerhouse. 

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EAC Friday Feature: Mabel Howard

Friday Jul 8th, 2022

Erie Arts & Culture is proud to present this week's Friday Feature! Mabel Howard is an absolute force to be reckoned with, as she has become a beacon of leadership and willpower as she ignites Erie's literary world through her fearless marketing, inspiring wit, and unshakeable confidence. Her live performance series, Express Yourself On The Mic, has granted many Spoken Word and Written Word Artists to find a home on stage amongst likeminded and openminded listeners. As a writer, she has also inspired many through her creativity and empowered her fans to dig deep within to express their deepest truths. I had the pleasure of getting to know this powerhouse of a person during our interview, learning her ambitions and passion behind pushing the initiative to heighten the awareness and appreciation of Word Art.

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EAC Friday Feature: Dharma Gurung

Friday Jul 1st, 2022

Erie Arts & Culture is proud to present this week's Friday Feature! Every June, Erie Arts and Culture honors the stories, voices, and talents of the refugees who live in our beautiful city of Erie, Pennsylvania. This month, we are highlighting some of the various artists who represent this amazing collective, while also providing our audience with the new and updated New American Owned Business Directory later this month.

Dharma Gurung, the owner of Tandoori Hut, has provided the Erie area with some of the finest, authentic Indian cuisine that this region could have asked for. Infusing her heritage into her offerings has become her way of remaining authentic to her roots, while also inspiring the region to explore the Bhutanese culture. In our interview, Dharma expressed her journey thus far, allowing us a first-handed look into what it takes to build a business after resettling in the United States.

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EAC Friday Feature: Mustafa Albalkhi

Friday Jun 24th, 2022

Erie Arts & Culture is proud to present this week's Friday Feature! Every June, Erie Arts and Culture honors the stories, voices, and talents of the refugees who live in our beautiful city of Erie, Pennsylvania. This month, we are highlighting some of the various artists who represent this amazing collective, while also providing our audience with the new and updated New American Owned Business Directory later this month.

Mustafa Albalkhi is an amazing professional Oud player who takes a strong delight in expressing the stories of his Syrian roots. With aspirations to teach others how to play the Oud, Mustafa loves performing for new, American audiences and meeting new people. In this interview, I had the pleasure of discussing his inspirations.

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Fellowship Applications Will Open July 6

Wednesday Jun 22nd, 2022

Interested in an Artist Fellowship? Learn more about becoming an artist fellow in our latest blog post. 

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. This program provides cash awards to three artists from Erie County. The Fellowship, which includes cash awards ranging between $2,000-$5,500, helps individual artists sustain or enhance their creative process and advance their career in the arts.

The application will be open from July 6 to August 29 at 11:30pm. Award recipients will be announced before November 30.

One virtual information session will be conducted over Zoom: Wednesday July 13th at 12pm

 

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Celebrating World Refugee Day with a directory of local businesses!

Monday Jun 20th, 2022

June 20th is World Refugee Day, an international celebration of the strength and resilience of those who have fled conflict and persecution.

Erie is home to thousands of former refugees, many of whom have become naturalized citizens. Former refugees are an important part of Erie’s economic engine and have helped stabilized population decline. Erie Arts & Culture is proud to publish an updated directory of small businesses owned by former refugees.

Thanks to grants from the Erie Community Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Menajerie Studios has created a short documentary about three of the many food markets owned by refugees that can be found within the City of Erie. Visiting one of these markets is a great way to experience a culture outside of your own.

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Uplifting Erie's Black-owned Businesses for Juneteenth 2022

Friday Jun 17th, 2022

In commemoration of Juneteenth, Erie Arts & Culture collaborated with Erie's Black Wall Street to develop a list of black-owned businesses operating in Erie!

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