Erie Arts & Culture serves as the fiscal sponsor for multiple projects and organizations, offering our legal and tax-exempt status.
Blues and Jazz Festival
For three days and three nights, the Frontier Park comes alive with what has proven itself to be the region’s most dynamic musical event; this free community event is held rain or shine. Erie's Blues & Jazz Festival, attracts more than 20,000 visitors, features musicians that range from regional favorites to international super-stars.
The Footlights Theatre Program was initiated in 1974 (back then it was called Students Summer Theater) by The Erie School District and City of Erie Parks and Recreation Department. It was developed as a vehicle to teach area youth about musical theatre through the production of a full-length musical show. The program is now produced by All An Act Theatre Productions and collectively sponsored by The City of Erie Parks and Recreation Department, The Erie School District, and All An Act Theatre Productions.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TEDxErie, where x = independently organized TED event. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At our TEDxErie event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
Erie County Poet Laureate
Erie County Government, in cooperation with Edinboro University, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University and Penn State Behrend, started the Poet Laureate Initiative in 2009. Already it has received recognition for its impact on the arts in our region; receiving the Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association County Arts Award in 2011 and the National Association of Counties National Arts Award in 2012.
Erie Asian Pacific American Association
The Erie APAA is a volunteer-led, organization dedicated to promoting and raising awareness of the diverse Asian Pacific cultures present in the greater Erie community through educational activities and cultural events.
Grounded Print and Paper Shop
Grounded Print and Paper Shop is an interdisciplinary, contemporary print and paper making studio located in Erie, PA. Their mission is to offer a safe, sustainable, collaborative, and inclusive creative space.