On May 20, 2020, Erie Arts & Culture hosted a virtual conversation about how COVID-19 and social distancing have impacted the cultural and creative sector in Erie, PA, and what the path forward looks like. The panel featured non-profit leaders and artists from a variety of backgrounds who are adapting to the unique challenges and opportunities presented to the creative sector at this time in history. When you are finished watching the recording, we kindly ask that you complete the survey found below.
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Meet the Panelists:
Steve Wieser - Erie Philharmonic
Steve Weiser, Executive Director of the Erie Philharmonic, began his tenure with the Erie Philharmonic in August 2015. As a percussionist with the orchestra for three seasons, Mr. Weiser has helped usher in a new era for the more than 100-year old organization, overseeing an entirely new staff and office relocation during the 2015-16 season. Leading new marketing initiatives and campaigns aimed at reaching a younger demographic, Mr. Weiser led the orchestra to 18 sellout concerts from December 2016 - January 2020, a feat not seen in the history of the orchestra.
Nate Johnson - Erie Dance Theater
Nate Johnson is the Founder and Artistic Director of Erie Dance Theater. He has extensive experience as both a dance instructor and artistic director. Mr. Johnson attended Du Point Manuel High Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY. After graduation, he was awarded a 4-year scholarship to Western Kentucky University where he earned his degree in performing arts with an emphasis in Dance. Mr. Johnson moved to Erie in 1992 to serve as the director of the Long’s School of Dance's Jazz Department. During this time, he was also an instructor for SPAVA Dance at Central High School, a role he held for seven years.
Jessica Taylor - MenajErie Studios
Jessica Taylor is a native of Erie, PA and a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Communications where she earned a B.A. in Film and Video. Around Erie, Jessica is known for her entrepreneurship and community development advocacy. In 2013, she launched MenajErie Studio, a full service video production company that specializes in documentary filmmaking, branded video content, and broadcast commercials.
Naji is an Erie, Pennsylvania-based music artist and entrepreneur, taking an alternative approach to both music and the music industry. He's most known for his 2016 collaborative single with Chicago-based producer Monte Booker, "Mona Lisa", and has continued to release various projects through his business and indie label, Thousand Story.