Congratulations to the Ignite Arts Grant Recipients!

Monday Apr 25th, 2022

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Erie Arts & Culture Awards $57,435.50 in Grants

Erie Arts & Culture awarded 28 Erie County organizations with funding through the Ignite Arts Grant program. This program provides organizations with up to $2,500 in project-based grants to support a variety of arts and humanities projects and events that strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie region, and enrich the lives of our community. 

Funding for this grant opportunity is made possible through contributions to the Erie Arts Endowment and the annual United Arts Fund. Projects which involve music performance, and arts education have an enhanced pool of funds available thanks to donors who wish to ensure these specific activities continue to thrive across Erie County.

Please scroll to the bottom of this post for the full list of grantees and amounts!

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Burmese poet Maung Yu Py is presently incarcerated in Myanmar as a result of his poem "UNDER THE GREAT ICE SHEET" which is at the center of Dafmark's production. It links the theme of frozen water as a restrained life force and incarceration as a place to shout a message of freedom in spite of limitations. Our production is using these two elements, water and the walls that surround us, both metaphorically and real, as a theme for the works of choreography that are being developed by Dafna Rathouse Baier, Dafmark's artistic director.

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Erie NAACP Unit 2262 - Civil Rights Square

Civil Rights Square is a concept for both indoor and outdoor cultural and art exhibits that will capture significant Black History relating to the historic St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, the NAACP in Erie, and other notable Black Erieites. Founded in 1844, St. James is the oldest Black church in Erie. Erie artist Antonio Howard will be hired to deliver the concept, to eventually include both an indoor exhibit and an outdoor mural and signage. The artist will produce a portable mural of past NAACP Presidents who were affiliated with St. James AME for phase one of the project.

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PACA will present Ray Flynt in his one man show, Ben Franklin: An Ingenious Life. PACA will invite Title I-eligible schools, those with high numbers of students from low-income families, to see the production at no cost. Those who cannot attend will be able to livestream the production in their classrooms free of charge.

Erie Arts & Culture Awards $57,435.50 in Grants

Organization Project Award Amount
Performing Arts Collective Alliance PACA [LiVE!] Studio Expansion $2,500.00
Erie Arts & Music Festival Erie Blues & Jazz Festival $2,500.00
Performing Arts Collective Alliance Ben Franklin: An Ingenious Life $2,500.00
Asbury Woods Through Your Eyes: A Photographic Journey through Asbury Woods $2,500.00
ExpERIEnce Children's Museum Cultural Cart $2,500.00
Barber National Institute Celebrating the Possibilities $2,375.00
WQLN PBS NPR WQLN Art Show & Contest $2,375.00
Erie Philharmonic Underground Railroad/Harriet Tubman World Premiere $2,375.00
Erie Philharmonic Chorus Vocal Academy Expansion $2,375.00
Erie Playhouse Sweat: Community Engagement & Education $2,375.00
Mercy Center for Women MCW Neighborhood Mural at Holy Rosary Multi-Services Diversity Center $2,375.00
Safe Journey Unmasking Domestic Violence $2,375.00
Maggie Knox Western The Immersive Sound Experience $2,375.00
Edinboro University Foundation Highland Games and Scottish Festival 2022 $2,125.00
Erie NAACP Unit 2262 Civil Rights Square, Phase 1 $2,125.00
Dafmark Dance Theater Under the Great Ice Sheet $2,125.00
Erie Art Company Washington Irving Literary Park Festival $1,900.00
Our West Bayfront Porchfest $1,750.00
Erie Contemporary Ballet Theater The Nutcracker 2022 $1,750.00
Citizens Against Racism/AmeriMasala The AmeriMasala $1,750.00
Corry Area Arts Council, Inc. Corry's Night at the Symphony $1,750.00
Community Access Media (CAM Erie) CAM Erie Mobile and Fire TV Applications $1,750.00
Edinboro University Foundation - Art Therapy Dept Art Speaks $1,655.50
Erie Art Company AmeriMasala Parade Support $1,500.00
Goodell Gardens & Homestead 2022 Summer Music Series $1,500.00
Corry Community Development Corporation DBA Impact Corry Community Designing and Prototyping of Interactive Downtown Garbage Cans $1,500.00
North East Arts Council North East Arts Council's Arts Immersion $630.00

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