The CHROMA Guild advances opportunities and access to resources for creative and cultural professionals of color in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The regional network builds both individual and organizational capacity by expanding equity and inclusion within the area’s cultural and creative sector.

Erie Arts & Culture defines a creative and cultural professional as any person involved in the conception, production, distribution, promotion, interpretation, or conservation of creative and cultural objects, programs, or events. Through this network, Erie Arts & Culture aims to connect and empower artists, curators, critics, producers, venue owners, promoters, and archivists who value culture and creativity in all its forms.

The CHROMA Guild progresses its objectives through four core actions, including:

  • Networking
    • Strengthen relationships with fellow creative and cultural professionals of color.
    • Establish relationships with cultural and creative organizations, institutions, and venues.
    • Cultivate relationships with cultural consumers and patrons of the arts.
    • Identify and leverage relationships with allies.
    • Build relationships within neighborhoods and communities.
    • Formalize relationships with regional media outlets.
  • Continuing Education
    • Encourage participation in professional development and creative workshops.
    • Create opportunities for knowledge sharing, such as mentoring and apprenticeships.
  • Advocating
    • Promote self determination among members of CHROMA.
    • Build a roster of creative and cultural professionals of color who live and work in the region, categorized by mediums and disciplines.
    • Meet with cultural and creative organizations, institutions, and venues to create agency around adopting plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion sector-wide. 
    • Host conversations and panel discussions that explore the intersectionality of art, race, and identity.
    • Submit opinion pieces and editorials to regional media companies for publication and distribution. 
  • Advancing Opportunities
    • Curate and present collaborative and interdisciplinary exhibitions of work.
    • Secure opportunities to conceptualize, create, and install public art.
    • Encourage recurring studio visits and group critiques.
    • Share information about upcoming regional opportunities, including exhibitions, events, and job openings.

The CHROMA Guild holds strategic meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. As a result of COVID-19, all meetings are presently being hosted via ZOOM. Meetings start at 6:00 PM and conclude at 7:30 PM. Upcoming meeting dates for 2020 include:

August 12
September 9
October 14
November 11
December 9

Register for the Next Meeting

After registering, you will be emailed a ZOOM link.

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Attention Non-CHROMA Members:

CHROMA hosts quarterly open house meetings that are open to the public. We welcome non-members of the guild to attend the open house meetings and participate in conversations related to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the cultural and creative sectors. 

We ask that all cultural and creative professionals of color residing in Northwestern Pennsylvania who are interested in CHROMA complete the PRO Network census survey, even if they previously enrolled in past registry and communication initiatives implemented by the Erie Arts & Culture.

Please contact Chanel Cook at or call 814-452-3427 x 102 if you have any questions.