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Erie Arts & Culture is committed to improving the lives of our region’s residents. We have worked diligently in 2020 to weave culture and creativity into everyday life in our community so that the arts and humanities are recognized as integral to the lives of all people and essential to healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities across our region. The work of our agency is guided by a board-approved strategic plan with input derived from community stakeholders, strategic partners, cultural non-profits, and individual artists, all of whom have a stake in advancing the arts and humanities as indispensable to transforming lives, communities, workplaces, and methods of learning in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
The urgency of this vision is more apparent now than ever before. A global pandemic, heightened focus on social justice and racial equity, economic uncertainty, and a contentious election cycle have impacted our community and devastated artists, non-profit cultural organizations, for-profit creative businesses, and educational systems. In 2020, Erie Arts & Culture continued our commitment and planned work to advance our mission, while also pivoting and taking on new, urgent work in response to the needs that arose in our community as a result of the unique challenges presented this year. As we enter 2021, Erie Arts & Culture will continue to work with our stakeholders and allies to ensure that we are squarely focused on manifesting a sustainable and equitable pathway forward for the cultural and creative sectors. We firmly believe in integrating the work of our sector into economic recovery and community development plans. We also know and will continue to advocate for our sector to be more representative of the diversity found in our community, which means investing in historically under-resourced populations. Working together, we can imagine a more equitable and stronger supported sector going forward.
On behalf of the staff and Board of Erie Arts & Culture, we appreciate your support and invite you to be a part of our mission in 2021. One of the easiest ways to support our work is by making an unrestricted donation to our agency. Your unrestricted gift will grant us the ability to be nimble and respond to community needs as necessary. I also welcome a conversation with you if you have questions about any of our programs and initiatives. You can reach me directly at [email protected] if you have any questions or you’d like to discuss making a contribution to Erie Arts & Culture.