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Become the next Heart & Soul community!

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

You’re invited to attend a community listening session to learn more about Community Heart & Soul, led by the PA Humanities Council. During this session, attendees will learn about a special opportunity to become the next Heart & Soul community. 

Sessions are open to community members from Crawford, Erie, Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike, Venango, Mercer, and Lawrence Counties.

Two time slots are available: Tuesday, October 6th at 10 am -12 pm or Thursday, October 8th  at 6-8 pm.

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Paper Clips: Session 1 Recording is Now Available

Tuesday Sep 15th, 2020

Examining the American Dream, and who has access to it, through books and movies.

Please join us for Paper Clips, a virtual program that uses literature and film to frame conversations about community issues and social change. Hayes Moses and Abdullah Washington will co-facilitate lively discussions centering around "Talking Back, Talking Black" by author John McWhorter and Hulu movie "Sorry to Bother You," written by and starring Boots Riley.

Erie Arts & Culture would like to thank the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Erie County Public Library for being advising partners of Paper Clips.


September 25 at 6 PM
October 9 at 6 PM
October 23 at 6 PM

All meetings will be virtual.

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You're Invited! Sunoco Mural Dedication Ceremony

Monday Sep 14th, 2020

A Socially Distanced Mural Dedication Event (Masks Required)

We invite the community to celebrate Luther Manus and see the mural created by artists Antonio Howard and Ceasar Westbrook that honors Luther's life and legacy.

Sunday, September 20 at 5pm - 7pm

26 E 12th St, Erie, PA 16501

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Erie Arts & Culture 2020 Ignite Arts Grant Application Opens Sep. 15

Monday Sep 14th, 2020

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.

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Staff Picks: This week's recommendations

Wednesday Sep 9th, 2020

Staff Picks: A curated list of what to look at, listen to, watch, or read from the team at EAC

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Building Community and Cross-cultural Understanding

Wednesday Sep 9th, 2020

Online learning can build community!

Last spring 10 New American artists worked with film students at McDowell High School. The artists captured video footage of themselves and the students learned interview skills via Zoom. The students edited the footage together to create mini-documentaries. The artists built their digital mettle while students met fascinating people representing a wide range of cultures and art forms.

Watch some of their videos and learn about Erie’s diverse folk and fine artists in our latest blog post.

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Examining the American Dream, and who has access to it | Paper Clips

Friday Aug 28th, 2020

Examining the American Dream, and who has access to it, through books and movies.

Please join us for Paper Clips, a virtual program that uses literature and film to frame conversations about community issues and social change. Hayes Moses and Abdullah Washington will co-facilitate lively discussions centering around "Talking Back, Talking Black" by author John McWhorter and Hulu movie "Sorry to Bother You," written by and starring Boots Riley.

Erie Arts & Culture would like to thank the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Erie County Public Library for being advising partners of Paper Clips.

September 11 at 6 PM
September 25 at 6 PM
October 9 at 6 PM
October 23 at 6 PM

All meetings will be virtual.

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Help Us Determine the Location of Future Public Art

Friday Aug 28th, 2020

Please join us for a Virtual Community Listening Session and Workshop.
Dates: October 10 + 17 from 1:00 PM until 4:30 PM.

Erie Arts & Culture's Creating with Community artists have been hard at work collaborating and creating future public art. We need you, our community members, to join them for a convresation and workshop about two new public sculptures to be installed in Erie’s urban core.

Those who attend the workshop will be engaged in the creative process. Led by artists Shasti O’Leary Soudant and Esther Ortiz, workshops will require scissors, construction paper, cardboard, staplers, glue, and tape. The workshop will help participants learn about the process by which a concept for a sculpture is born, designs evolve, and prototypes are built.

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Staff Picks: This week's recommendations

Wednesday Aug 26th, 2020

Staff Picks: A curated list of what to look at, listen to, watch, or read from the team at EAC

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Presenting the Virtual Youth Art Show

Friday Aug 21st, 2020

Thank you to all who participated! We are still accepting submissions until August 31.

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2020 Artist Fellowship Application | DEADLINE APPROACHING

Tuesday Aug 18th, 2020

The deadline for our 2020 Fellowship applications is fast approaching! Applications must be submitted online by 11:30 pm on August 21, 2020. Learn more about Fellowships, Eligibility, and read about the experiences of our current fellows!

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“Asian Americans” Live Screening and Panel Discussion Part 2

Wednesday Aug 12th, 2020

Please join us for Part 2 of our panel discussion and viewing on August 27th at 7:00 PM! 

From the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s to modern refugee crises in a globally-connected world, an epic new film from PBS examines Asian Americans’ contributions to our country’s past, present, and future. Join us for the online screening and live panel discussion with a diverse panel from Erie’s Asian community. Presented in partnership with the Erie Asian Pacific American Association (APAA) and WQLN Public Media, Erie’s NPR and PBS affiliate station.

"Asian Americans" is a new five-hour film series from PBS that examines the lives and personal stories of what the 2010 US Census identifies as “the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States.”  The film delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided, while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate and personal stories, the series casts a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s identity.

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Staff Picks: This week's recommendations

Wednesday Aug 12th, 2020

Staff Picks: A curated list of what to look at, listen to, watch, or read from the team at EAC

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Erie Gives results: $125,467 raised total! | A special thank you to the StARTup Incubator and our online donors

Wednesday Aug 12th, 2020

Through Erie Gives, Erie Arts & Culture received a $125,467 total donations. Of that total, $92,000 was donated by Donna Douglass and the StARTup Incubator. This gift will be invested into a newly established sub-fund within the Erie Arts Endowment. Interest earned annually from the StARTup Fund will support in perpetuity two distinct Erie Arts & Culture programs, the CHROMA Guild and the PRO Network. The rest of the funds originated from our generous community online yesterday. It's because of YOU that we can continue to do the work and serve our sector.

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Activating Parade Street | Community Chat

Friday Aug 7th, 2020

What activities, amenities, or assets do you think of when it comes to the activation of Parade Street?

Perhaps you imagine more public art or a range of small businesses serving the direct needs of the community. Maybe you imagine engaging activities that represent the spectrum of diversity found within the community. Perhaps you imagine bike lines and cross walks that prioritize pedestrian usage.

Share your thoughts and input with artists our Creating With Community artists Samone and Michael Haas on August 14 at 6 PM. Please register using the Eventbrite link.