Opportunities for Individual Artists

Pennsylvania Partners on the Arts (PPA) Project Stream Grants

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grants provide funding throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to support efforts to provide all Pennsylvanians with access to artistic programming and/or arts services. PPA Grants are funded through public dollars, with funds provided at the state level by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and at the national level from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Erie Arts & Culture is one of thirteen agencies throughout the state that administer PPA funding. Artists in Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties are eligible to apply for PPA funding through Erie Arts & Culture.

PPA Project Stream Grants provide up to $2,500 to eligible artists. For a project to be eligible it must be an arts activity conducted for the benefit of the public.

About PPA Project Stream Grants 

Online Application

Deadline: June 2020

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Artist Fellowship Program

In 2016, Erie Arts & Culture made a commitment to make a greater investment in the artists living and working in Erie County by establishing the annual Artist Fellowship Program. We saw a need to provide artists with funding, specifically unrestricted funding, that could be used by artists to delve deeper into their creative processes and assist them in their pursuit of artistic development and growth.

Since then, Erie Arts & Culture has awarded three fellowships annually– two to emerging artists in the amount of $2,500 each and one to an established artist in the amount of $6,000. Funding for the Artist Fellowship Program is made possible by contributions made to the Erie Arts Endowment.

Artist Fellows are announced annually at Fall for Arts & Culture. Please see the Artist Fellowship Guidelines & FAQs for additional information.

2019 Artist Fellowship Guidelines 

Online Application 

Deadline: September 2020


Teaching Artist Residencies

Erie Arts & Culture provides paid opportunities to regional artists who are interested in becoming creative catalysts in school and community organizations. We work diligently to manage and grow a diverse roster of qualified teaching artists. The artists that comprise the roster are eligible to participate in PCA funded AIE residencies throughout Erie Arts & Culture's service area. 

Become a Teaching Artist 

Deadline: March 2020


Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeships

Erie Arts & Culture works to identify traditional artists in the agency's service region. We then assists those artists in keeping their traditions vital, while also creating greater community access to folk arts through presentations, performances, workshops, and other programs.

Erie Arts & Culture administers publicly funded grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) in the form of Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeships. Each grant award provides funding to form a partnership between a master traditional artist and a qualified apprentice, enabling the two to work together to share and develop advanced techniques or repertoire.  

About Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeship Application 

Deadline: April 2020