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Views: Street Art Festival Update

Monday Feb 27th, 2023

Erie in the summertime is a vibrant city with no shortage of things to do and look forward to. Summers on the shores of Lake Erie include idyllic weather, cultural festivals, sporting events, outdoor recreation, and more. In 2023, a new event is coming to the City of Erie that is forecasted to garner regional attention and attendance. Erie Arts & Culture and its collaborating partners are pleased to announce Views, an inaugural street art festival that will be held in the heart of the city from June 1 through June 13, 2023. The 13-day festival will showcase and celebrate urban arts and culture.

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Welcoming March's Visiting Artist in Residence, Kris Rumman

Thursday Feb 23rd, 2023

Let's give a warm welcome to our second Visiting Artist of 2023, Kris Rumman.

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How Grantmaking is Changing at Erie Arts & Culture

Thursday Feb 23rd, 2023

Starting March 1, Erie Arts & Culture will accept applications for grants administered through the Erie Arts Endowment Subfunds: the Lydia McCain Fund, the Clarence E. Beyers Fund, and the Virginia P. Vieser Fund. Read more about each program below.


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EAC Friday Feature: Harv Gorton

Friday Feb 17th, 2023

Erie Arts & Culture is proud to present this week's Friday Feature! Harv Gorton is what you'd like to call a "rod practictioner", which is someone who specializes in the art of making custom fishing rods. Dedicating his talents and time to his unique skillset, he makes the sport of Fishing fun and exciting for his clients who want a rod that fits their personality. Kelly Armor had the opportunity to learn more about Harv and shared his story for this week's Friday Feature!


Welcoming February's Visiting Artist in Residence, Katherine Toukhy

Monday Feb 13th, 2023

Let's give a warm welcome to our first Visiting Artist of 2023, Katherine Toukhy.

In early 2020, Erie Arts & Culture launched a visiting artist residency program in collaboration with Long Road Projects. Through this program, Erie Arts & Culture and Long Road Projects provide contemporary artists with dedicated time and space to reflect, research, and create new bodies of work – outside of their usual environments. This program also creates opportunities for new perspectives and creative processes to be shared, which in turn positively impacts the cultural and creative landscape in Northwestern Pennsylvania. 

This visiting artist residency program is made possible through the generous support of a privately funded grant from The Erie Community Foundation. 


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EAC Friday Feature Special Tribute: Jon Box

Friday Feb 10th, 2023

Erie Arts & Culture pays special tribute to an Erie trailblazer who contributed an immense amount of passion and creativity to the Music and Art culture of the city. Jon Box created an abundance of avenues for local artists and performers to express themselves in an environment of love, acceptance, and encouragement. Dedicating his energies to raising awareness for the less fortunate, he would organize events specifically to donate proceeds to local organizations, and inspire collaboration amongst those in attendance. As an entrepreneur, he utilized his love for Hip Hop to start his own clothing line, The Box Streetware, which included stylish T-shirts that would always be infused with inspirational messages. Jon Box carried with him such an upbeat personality that it was hard not to feel empowered after just one conversation with him. His vision for Erie was carried out through his works, and he will not be forgotten. 

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EAC Friday Feature: DJ Vanni

Friday Feb 10th, 2023

Erie Arts & Culture is proud to present this week's Friday Feature! DJ Vanni has brought the hypest, most infectious energy to Erie nightlife for many years. His DJ sets are known to bring the most undeniable celebratory vibes, and he has even taken his talents on the road to "Wow" the big city events. It's hard to deny this artist's contribution to the Hip Hop culture of Erie, Pa, and I was fortunate to be able to learn a little bit more about what inspires this DJ to make history every chance he gets.

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Erie Arts & Culture Impact Report | Q4 2022

Friday Feb 10th, 2023

We are proud of our accomplishments last quarter, and we invite you to read and share our 2022 Q4 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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Valentine's Day Playlist

Friday Feb 10th, 2023

Thank you to all musicians who contributed to the Valentine's Day Playlist!

EAC is proud to support your work.

We invite all music lovers in the region to support these musicians by sharing this playlist with friends, subscribing to the playlist on spotify, and browsing the bios and links of the artists below.

Here is a direct link to share the playlist:

We will also play this list and celebrate the musicians at our Creative Crowd Gathering on Feb 14 from 5:30 - 7:30 at GROUNDED Printshop.


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Learn more about our Q4 NWPA Arts Recovery Grants Recipients

Thursday Feb 9th, 2023

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. This program is made possible through a subgranting award that EAC received from the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan. The grants are intended to fuel the nation’s recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are intended to help support artists and the broader arts and culture sector in its response to and recovery from the pandemic.

EAC’s awards will impact a broad constituency, and we encourage applications from artists of all disciplines. Through this project, EAC provides support to regional artists as they mitigate the impact of the pandemic while also encouraging the expansion of community access to the arts by (a) demystifying artistic practice and increasing the accessibility of arts programs to communities—especially communities that may have been underserved in the past by federal arts funding; and (b) supporting a wide range of arts activities developed in a variety of local settings.

EAC's Northwestern PA Arts Recovery Grant Program will provide artistic fees and stipends to artists for the production of artistic workshops or presentations that are free and accessible to community stakeholders.

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Erie Arts & Culture 2022 Appreciation Awards

Tuesday Feb 7th, 2023

Congratulations to the Appreciation Awards Recipients!

For more than three decades, the Arts and Culture Appreciation Awards have recognized and honored those individuals, businesses, and organizations who use arts-based disciplines or deliver cultural programming to positively impact the Erie community.

We wish to recognize and celebrate community members for their support and contribution to the creative and cultural sector.  This year’s community award recipients will be celebrated at the Creative Crowd event on Feb 14 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at GROUNDED Printshop.


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Celebrating Creative Connections Forged at the Creative Crowd

Tuesday Feb 7th, 2023

In 2022, EAC facilitated 11 Creative Crowd meet ups! Three individuals share their experience in our latest blog post.

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Celebrating Nat Richmond's "Friday Features" artist interviews

Tuesday Feb 7th, 2023

We're taking a moment to celebrate the work of Nat Richmond, who creates most of our Friday feature blog posts.

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