Erie Arts & Culture works with local partners and national organizations, including Americans for the Arts, to measure the health and impact of the arts and cultural sector. Research helps to inform Erie Arts & Culture's decision-making, as well as that of our elected and community leadership, arts organizations, partner institutions, and everyday citizens.
Arts Integration Project
In 2010, Erie Arts & Culture was awarded a $1.2M Arts in Education Model Development & Dissemination grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Arts Integration Project, a four-year project that tested the hypothesis that integrating dance, music, visual arts, and drama into existing curriculum would enhance both the quality of teaching in the classroom, as well as student academic achievement and engagement in the learning process.
Download the research brief Art Infusion: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know.
Art & Economic Prosperity V Study
The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $42.2 million in annual economic activity in Erie County - supporting 672 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $3.9 million in local and state government revenues - according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, in partnership with more than 300 arts organizations, including Erie Arts & Culture. Locally, support from the Erie Community Foundation enabled Erie County’s participation in the study.