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

Monday Sep 14th, 2020

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Erie Arts & Culture requests proposals for our 2020 Ignite Arts Grants. Ignite Arts Grants are designed to provide up to $2,500 in financial support to a variety of arts, cultural and heritage activities to help strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of our residents.

Proposals for Erie Arts & Culture Ignite Arts Grants are accepted once per year. Complete proposals are evaluated by a volunteer panel based on the following criteria: Project Quality, Community Engagement and Impact, and Management. Final funding decisions are made by the Erie Arts & Culture Board of Trustees.

To support an enriched life for all, Erie Arts & Culture commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable region. We believe that equity is crucial to the long-term viability of both the arts and culture sector and communities-at-large. In support of this commitment, our grant categories have been aligned to reflect the values and strategic priorities of Erie Arts & Culture.

Grants are made possible by contributions made to the Erie Arts Endowment, Arts and Culture Campaign, and special events like Erie Gives Day. Projects which involve music performance and arts education have an enhanced pool of funds available thanks to donors who wished to ensure that these specific activities thrive in Erie County.

For eligibility requirements, application guidelines, and to apply, download our 2020 Ignite Arts Grant Guidelines & Application Packet.

2020 Ignite Arts Grant Guidelines & Application Packet

 

What types of projects are eligible for funding in 2020-2021?

Bold and Innovative:

Project grants provide funding for innovative and experimental projects. Awards may support big ideas that push boundaries, engage participants in unexpected ways, pilot new solutions to challenging problems, or improve program design with calculated risk-taking.

Building Relationships with New or Under-Resourced Communities:

 Erie Arts & Culture project grants may be used to support new, existing, and emerging organizations whose mission, staff, programs, and board represent culturally diverse communities. Awards may fund projects that celebrate communities’ unique arts and culture or preserve culturally significant artistic traditions or practices.

Preserve or Promote Cultural Diversity:

Erie Arts & Culture project grants may be used to support new, existing, and emerging organizations whose mission, staff, programs, and board represent culturally diverse communities. Awards may fund projects that celebrate communities’ unique arts and culture or preserve culturally significant artistic traditions or practices.

2019 Asian Festival organized by the Erie Asian Pacific American Association:

The 2019 Asian Festival took place on May 4, 2019 at Rainbow Gardens, Waldameer Park. Countries participating in the Festival were Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines and Turkey. The festival included display booths from participating countries highlighting different aspects of their respective cultures.  Activities incorporated into the festival were Chinese Calligraphy, Japanese Origami, Chinese Go game, learning how to use chopsticks, trying on Asian Attire and Henna. Entertainment featured local ethnic artists, Tae Kwon Do demonstration and ending with an ethnic fashion show.

 

East Meets West Through Form and Function organized by Sisters of Mercy, House of Mercy:

17 New American adults from the House of Mercy and Urban Erie Community Development Corporation (UECDC) participated in a unique clay class experience over the course of several weeks at BLOOM Collaborative. After the completion of the class, an exhibition of the pieces made by the participants was held at Blossom’s Clay Studio on April 9th, 2018. Most of the participants attended the celebration event, and several prepared and brought food from their countries of origin for everyone who came to the celebration.

 

 

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Questions about our Ignite Arts Grants?

(formerly known as the Erie Arts Endowment Small Project Grants.)

Please join us for a virtual discussion on Sep 23 at 5:30. We'll answer questions about the guidelines and application process. Applicants who have received funding in the past are welcome to attend, too, as a refresher to the online grant system. 

Please register here

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