For more than three decades, Erie Arts & Culture has shown its appreciation to those individuals, organizations, corporate citizens, and foundations that have played an impactful role in Erie County's arts and cultural community by hosting Fall for Arts & Culture. The event started in 1988 with just one award. Over the years, it has evolved to now include the following five awards.
The Leadership Award recognizes a business, government, or foundation that has either 1) demonstrated long term support for arts and culture, 2) significantly integrated arts and culture into their workplace, 3) collaborated with arts and cultural organizations or individual artists to serve the community, or 4) encouraged employees to serve as Board members or volunteers with arts and culture organizations.
The Applause Award recognizes a dedicated individual, or group of individuals, who demonstrate a long-term commitment to either service or support of the arts and culture sector by being a reoccurring volunteer with, or donor of, an arts and culture organization or an arts and culture related event in our community.
The Imagine Award recognizes an educator or instructor whose efforts have made an outstanding contribution to the community by using arts and culture in an educational setting to inspire and empower their students.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award award recognizes and celebrates organizations or individuals that have embraced diversity and inclusion as part of their core values and are committed to producing programs or environments where all persons and perspectives are welcomed and valued.
The Artist of the Year Award recognizes an individual artist of any media who is process-oriented and has served as an influencer or mentor in Erie's arts and culture community.
As part of the awards ceremony, honorees are presented with an art object created by an Erie County artist. Each year, Erie Arts & Culture commissions a different artist to create the object.
The annual event includes live musical and theatrical performances, engaging visual art, presentations of dance, and riveting literary readings. Additionally, at the annual event, three artists from Erie County are awarded unrestricted cash fellowships. The funds connected with these wards are intended to be used by artists to delve deeper into their creative processes and assist them in their pursuit of artistic development and growth.
Artist of the Year
Erie Asian Pacific American Association
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
Erie Insurance Corporate Art Collection, curated by Richard Holmgren