When discussing who we are, we often lead with history and geography - how long we’ve been around (we were founded in 1960 if you’re curious) and the region we serve (six counties in Northwestern Pennsylvania if you didn’t know). Though that information is true, it’s also sterile and doesn’t entirely paint a representative picture of what we do and why we do it. And it certainly doesn’t communicate the importance nor the impact of our work.
In simplified terms, Erie Arts & Culture works to ensure that culture and creativity are woven into the fabric of everyday life in our region. Our investments translate into every resident having opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, the arts and humanities - whether socially, educationally, or economically. We are passionate about our work because the arts and humanities help us as people become more creative, self aware, empathetic, and socially responsible.
Though we’ve been around for 60 years, many in the region aren’t familiar with Erie Arts & Culture. That’s because the majority of our work has traditionally occurred behind the scenes of our sector (we’ve also gone through several name changes). We aren’t like a performing arts organization where we produce live experiences. Similarly, we don’t present art exhibitions like a visual arts organization. Instead, we are an agency that provides programs and services that benefit the organizations and individuals that compose the cultural and creative sector so that in return they are able to better serve residents and visitors of our region.
With that in mind, leading up to Erie Gives 2020, we wanted to share with you some of our work as an agency and the accomplishments we’ve achieved this year.
August 11 for online donations
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Make a check today and mail it to our office.
You may mail checks in advance to Erie Arts & Culture with Erie Gives in the memo line.
Our address is: 23 West 10th Street, Erie, PA 16501.
We have worked at a fast pace for the last two years and your support helps ensure that we can continue our work in the region.
Erie Arts & Culture works diligently to ensure that the individuals and organizations that compose our sector are positioned to thrive. We are committed to improving the lives of our region’s residents by leveraging the power of the arts and humanities to address the vital needs and interests of Erie and NW PA. To be positioned to best respond to the needs of our community, we are asking that you make a meaningful gift to Erie Arts & Culture as part of Erie Gives 2020.