Join ArtsErie as we launch the CultureSpark website!

posted on: Saturday, October 08, 2011

CultureSpark website is HERE!
Join ArtsErie as we launch the site

A key recommendation of the CultureSpark plan was the creation of an online directory for artists and arts/cultural/heritage organizations. The time is now. 


  • Join us for a walk through of the new directory website.  
  • Sign up for your own web presence on this key  community asset.  
  • Learn about the website marketing plans.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Presentations at:
5:30 p.m. AND 7:00 p.m.

Center City Arts
138 East 26th Street
Erie, PA 16504



Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, 10/14
to Soña at (814) 452-3427


Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided in celebration of supporting our local artists and the arts, culture and heritage organizations that make our region so vibrant.  


Click here to download the CultureSpark event flyer



PPA award recipients announced

posted on: Friday, October 07, 2011

ArtsErie supports the PA Partners in the Arts grant program in Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.

This year, ArtsErie distributed $42,808 to PPA Program Stream grant recipients and $22,628 to PPA Project Stream grant recipients, a grand total of $65,436.


PPA Program Stream Grant Recipients          
Total Grants = $42,808


Academy Theatre Foundation                            Crawford                                $1,980

For programs and productions that allow amateur artist the ability to perform in quality produced productions.


Allegheny College                                                  Crawford                                $2,017

To present exhibitions and other visual arts programming for diverse audiences including students, educators, emerging and established artists and other residents of northwestern PA


Corry Area Arts Council                                       Erie                                         $1,200

To stimulate interest, education and awareness of all forms of art by promoting high quality schools, exhibitions, performance and productions of artistic and cultural nature for all citizens of Corry.


Dafmark Dance Theater                                       Erie                                         $3,000

To offer a unique and educational experience in the art of dance that incorporates original choreography and local, national and international talent


Edinboro University Bruce Gallery of Art        Erie                                         $1,474

To exhibit art on a regular basis through temporary exhibits of art of educational and aesthetic value and to acquire and periodically exhibit a permanent art collection of Edinboro University.


Edinboro University Chamber Players                        Erie                                         $816

To enable a diverse group of artists and musical themes to focus on making music accessible to the entire community in Erie County and surrounding Edinboro University


Erie Dance Conservatory                                                Erie                                         $1,899

To promote dance and dance education in the Erie area and to inspire dancers to achieve their individual potential through training and development in the art of dance


Erie Dance Consortium                                        Erie                                         $924

To promote and celebrate the art, education, performance and experience of all dance and build participation, appreciation and audience for all dance forms in Erie County.


Erie Opera Theatre                                                            Erie                                         $1,260

To provide the entire Erie County communities professional opera productions of diverse repertoire, presented in English, and without an admission charge.


Erie Summer Festival of the Arts                       Erie                                         $2,033

To promote excellence in the arts and to bring a wide variety of arts to Erie and no charge and promote the development of audiences for the future


Gannon University Erie Chamber Orchestra  Erie                                         $2,638

To provide professional live orchestra performances of diverse repertoire without an admission charge.


Goodell Gardens & Homestead                         Erie                                         $1,038

To utilize the unique aesthetic, operational and capital capacity of the Gardens to provide traditional roots music and traditional roots music education to a broad range of community members


Highland Games & Scottish Festival                Erie                                         $1,044

To provide a wide variety of music and entertainment for festival attendees, to provide multiple venues for musicians to gather, learn, practice and entertain, and to enhance appreciation for music, dance and fine arts in the Celtic tradition.


JazzErie                                                                    Erie                                         $1,233

To share with children, adults and one another an awareness and love of music, particularly jazz by sponsoring high quality concerts by internationally recognized jazz artists and through an educational program.


Meadville Council on the Arts                             Crawford                                $3,216

To enrich the quality of life by providing art education opportunities for individuals, organizations, and the community by supporting the creation, production and exhibition of the visual, performing and craft arts.


North East Arts Council                                       Erie                                         $816

To encourage and stimulate an appreciation of the arts in the North East Community, with a heavy emphasis on children


Penn State Erie, The Behrend College Music at Noon, the Logan Series         

                                                                                    Erie                                         $1,783

To present diverse, world-class chamber music in approachable, informal settings as well as artist residencies for those musicians


Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Young People’s Chorus of Erie

                                                                                    Erie                                         $2,076

To provide children of diverse abilities and backgrounds a comprehensive choral music experience in a way to further their personal and artistic growth and to foster cross-cultural understanding.


Photomedia Center                                               Erie                                         $816

To promote the creation and exhibition of fine art photography and digital media through an annual publication and the use of web gallery exhibits


Stairways Behavioral Health Center City Arts

                                                                                    Erie                                         $1,100

To make the arts more accessible to the greater Erie community by providing experiences that are both educational and restorative in nature and to build an audience that recognizes the importance of the arts.


Titusville Council on the Arts                             Crawford                                $2,514

To provide multi-disciplined artistic programs to the community and local school district


United Community Independence Program – French Creek Community Theater

                                                                                    Crawford                                $816

To provide performing arts opportunities in a creative and positive environment that is inclusive of all members


Valley Lyric Opera                                                  Mercer                                    $522

To advance arts education through the performance of high quality professional operatic productions open to the public.


Venango Area Chamber of Commerce            Venango                               $517

A volunteer based festival committee that operates the Oil Heritage Festival and the Cranberry Festival.


Warren Civic Orchestra                                        Warren                                   $816

To provide quality music performances for the advancement and enjoyment of adult musicals in the community and to enrich, educated and entertain local audiences.


Warren Concert Association                               Warren                                   $2,099

To promote and present a series of live musical programs of artistic nature


Warren County Summer Music School            Warren                                   $2,161

A program to encourage and develop the study, performance, and appreciation of the fine arts.



PPA Project Stream Grant Recipients            
Total Grants = $22,628


 7th Street/Smedley Schools                                 Venango                               $902

Arts Day that focuses on visual arts, dance, creative writing, music and theater


The Bach Society of Grove City                         Mercer                                    $409

Two concerts during the 2011-2012 seasons


Dr. Gertrude A. Barber National Institute         Erie                                         $1,203

Community art show designed to bring together the work of child and adult amateur and professional artists including those with disabilities in a unique celebration of art.


Marilyn Black                                                           Crawford                                $722

Design and print brochure “The Art Lovers Guide to the Libraries in the Oil Heritage Region” featuring 6 public and college libraries in Venango and Crawford Counties


Crary Art Gallery                                                     Warren                                   $1,203

To expose noteworthy art and artists to the region through exhibits and lectures featuring permanent and temporary collections


Crawford County Mental Health Awareness Program                                                                                                                                             Crawford                                $1,504

40 week painting workshop for consumers with a culminating art showcase


Jennifer DeMarco                                                   Crawford                                $584

Art classes for children that focus on the environment


Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival      Erie                                         $1,504

Free art and music festival that showcases art by local artisans and an eclectic blend of grassroots performance and workshops by musicians.


Dramashop                                                              Erie                                         $1,023

Inaugural season of a contemporary theatre company


expERIEnce Children’s Museum                       Erie                                         $1,023

Program where a local artist/instructor is engage to create and exhibit a 3 story mural painting and to conduct classes where children create large canvas murals for a temporary exhibit


George Junior Republic                                       Mercer                                    $1,504

Program to enhance at-risk student learning in the arts through the design, fabrication and installation of two sculptural parking signs for permanent display in the business district


Greater Erie Youth Symphony Orchestra        Erie                                         $1,023

Program to give underprivileged children the opportunity to study violin, music theory and reading free of charge and outside of their in-school music classes


Greenville Symphony Society, Inc.                   Mercer                                    $401

A free, live orchestra experience for children in Mercer County public schools


HOLeY Jeans                                                          Venango                               $902

Vocal performance group for youth


Lake Erie Ballet                                                       Erie                                         $1,203

53rd production of The Nutcracker


Oil Region Ballet                                                     Venango                               $1,203

Production of a full-length ballet in the spring of 2012


SafeNet                                                                     Erie                                         $902

Victims of domestic violence will create their own quilt patches that depict their life journey


Second Saturday Community Market              Crawford                                $1,203

Event that features local arts, produce, food, activities and entertainment at the Meadville Market House


SoMar Dance Works                                             Erie                                         $902

Dance performance that features original choreography of Mark and Solveig Santilliano


Struthers Library Theatre                                    Warren                                   $1,203

Program to provide theatrical educational experiences for students in the Warren County School District


Venango Youth Theatre                                       Venango                               $1,203

Program designed to expand the theatrical and technical theatrical aspects of youth in Venango County


Young Artist Debut Orchestra                            Erie                                         $1,203

Summer Music Academy, a highly specialized, in-depth program to instruct students desiring to further their music education and showcase their acquired skills in public performance