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Annie Schmitt, Media & Environmental Arts, STEAM Specialist, Teaching Artist

Artist, Teaching Artist


Contact: Annie Schmitt
Erie, PA

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Artist Statement

Creative Combinations

With a background in STEAM education, arts, and environmental education, Annie designs programs that empower students to connect and create.

Artist Residencies at your school or organization for 20-60 days

Students grades 2-12


Animation & Film

Garden-Based Learning

Digital Fabrication (3D Print/Vinyl Cut)

Visual Arts - Painting/Sculpting/Mosaics

Environmental Field Studies

Robotics/Coding/Game Design


Annie has 10+ years experience in education in a variety of settings.  She has been a rostered teaching artist with Erie Arts & Culture since 2014, working as an artist-in-residence in schools & youth programs in Erie, Crawford, Venango, Elk, and Forest counties.

She previously Co-Directed Box of Light Studios, a nonprofit that offered youth STEAM and makerspace education through summer camps and community classes.  During that time, she experimented with many technology mediums, gaining skills in stop-motion animation, film, coding, game design, robotics, 3D printing, and electronics.

Annie draws on her experience in environmental education and community food systems to integrate environmental themes, studies, and arts into many of her projects.  She has previously run a 2-acre vegetable CSA, directed high school students at a farm youth work program in Vermont (maple sugaring!), led canoe trips on the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., and earned her Permaculture Design Certification from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Annie is currently earning her PA Teacher Certification and M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership through Edinboro University.   She intends to collaborate with schools to create permanent hubs for project-based learning, combining arts integration, environmental education, and makerspace education.

Selected Residency Projects

6th Grade, East Middle, Erie - Science Claymation on the States of Matter + Cel Painting

3rd Grade, Edison Elementary, Erie - Garden Fence Mural + Mosaic Stepping Stones

9th-12th Grade, CSE Skills Center, Erie - Digital Fabrication with 3D Printing, Vinyl Cutting, Paper Circuits

3rd Grade, Main Street Elementary, Titusville - Virtual Pet Game Design + Clay Sculpture

6th-8th Grade, Erie Rise - Kids as Curators exhibit on the Art + Science of Paper


Erie's 40 Under 40, Class of 2016

Nominee, Innovation Erie's "Creative Entrepenuer" Award, 2017

Nominee, Innovation Erie's "Social Entrepenuer" Award, 2015


3rd Grade Glass Mosaics

3rd Grade Glass Mosaics

Middle School Book Page Poetry

Middle School Book Page Poetry

Virtual Pet Sloth Game and Clay Sculptures

Virtual Pet Sloth Game and Clay Sculptures

Garden Fence Mural Section

Garden Fence Mural Section

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