Professional Development

Erie Arts & Culture, through our Arts in Education Partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, provides professional development and networking opportunities for educators and artists which include:

  • PA Department of Education Act 80 Arts Education In-Services
  • PA Department of Education Act 48 Credit Qualified Trainings
  • Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) approved instruction
  • Quarterly networking opportunities for teaching artists and members

To schedule a training for your school or organization, please contact the Program Director at (814) 452-3427 x102.

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Professional Development Mini Grants for Rostered Teaching Artists

Up to $2,000 is available each year to support mini professional development grants of up to $250. Only teaching artists rostered with Erie Arts & Culture are eligible to apply, and mini grants will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. These mini grants may be used to pay for conference registration and travel/lodging fees, registration fees for online webinars or master classes, etc.

To "apply" for a mini PD grant, simply send an email to melinda@erieartsandculture.org addressing:

  • How do you plan to spend the money?
  • How will the experience or training help further your growth as a professional teaching artist?
  • Applicants may receive only one mini PD grant per program year (September 1st  - August 31st).

Arts Infusion Certificate at Edinboro University

Launched in 2016 by Edinboro University in partnership with Erie Arts & Culture, this 18-credit graduate certificate in arts infusion has been designed to meet the needs of pre-service and in-service educators, artists who desire to work in school settings, and administrators as they strive to enliven content with feeling through the arts. Advocates of the whole child agree that strong arts programs result in strong schools. This certificate will immerse the participants in all of the major art forms: music, dance, drama, visual arts and media arts. Participants will design instruction using current curricula and state and national standards, both in content areas and in the arts.

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