Ignite Arts Grant applications are now open! Join us for an info session on Oct 5.

Monday Sep 13th, 2021

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Erie Arts & Culture requests proposals for our 2021 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 2021 Ignite Arts Grant Guidelines & Application Packet below.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 5, 2021.

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Questions? Please join us for a virtual discussion on Tuesday, October 5 at 6 PM.

Please register here

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.

PAST RECIPIENT HIGHLIGHTS

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The 2021 LGBTQ Juried Art Exhibit

The 2021 LGBTQ Juried Art Exhibit took place at the Blasco Library during the month of June. The exhibit featured over 50 artworks from 28 different local LGBTQ artists. Works were created in a variety of mediums including painting, jewelry, mixed media and more. This art exhibit provided LGBTQ artists a communal opportunity to celebrate their identities in a visual, artistic expression and educate others within the community. Collaboration for the exhibition included partnering with the Northwestern Pennsylvania Art Association, Erie’s Performing Artist Collective Alliance, Mercyhurst University, Penn State-Behrend, Edinboro University of PA, and Allegheny College.

 

 

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Hagen History Center’s Reimagined Galleries and Programming

Engaging both staff and volunteers, the Hagen History Center worked to redesign and expand their impact by offering new and expanded virtual programming, collaborating with urban and rural communities, and investing in reimagined exhibition galleries. Since reopening to the public in July 2021, visitors can now experience a newly-designed exhibition space featuring 11 new exhibits, an education center within the restored Wood-Morrison House, and see the original San Francisco-based office of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Hagen History Center is also now offering an enhanced speaker series as well as driving and walking tours and events.