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.
Jessie Simmons | ECAT
Jessie led a sculpture workshop at ECAT's summer program during which students collaboratively created an outdoor sculpture which could be used as a way-finding marker, and will be installed in the spring. Students also created clay pieces which were displayed at December's Student Art Exhibition at ECAT.
Alison Stinely | Foundation Art Academy
Alison led a full-day figure drawing workshop at Foundation Art Academy.
John Lyons | ECAT
John started a screenwriting workshop at ECAT in which 11 writers participated, with plans for the group to continue as the Erie Screenwriters' Collective
Barbara Yerace | Erie Art Museum
Barb presented an artist talk and hands-on workshop in which participants learned about Barb's beading work, and each created their own beaded broach.