The mission of Erie Arts and Culture is to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture. Amanda Brown Sissem, Executive Director of Erie Arts & Culture explained, “Erie Arts & Culture will be positioned as the backbone organization for arts and culture by uniting artists, arts and culture organizations and those who participate in, benefit from and support their work. We will lead in the promotion of best practices and advocacy for arts and cultural education and engagement and be a preferred partner for those whose passion for arts and culture inspires a legacy of giving.”
Erie Insurance acknowledged the collaborative spirit of Erie Arts & Culture and the 2014 Arts & Culture Campaign with the presentation of a maximum campaign pledge of $380,000 over the next three years. Ann K. Scott, Manager of Community Outreach/Human Resources for Erie Insurance expressed, “Erie Insurance has long been a supporter of the arts and culture in our community. Over the years we have supported ArtsErie and the many major arts organizations that comprise its membership such as the Erie Playhouse, the Erie Philharmonic, the Erie Art Museum, the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, the Erie County Historical Society and the Flagship Niagara League. The arts play a vital role in the community by educating our children, impacting our economy, and creating a vital, thriving place where we work, live and play. Becoming an anchor investor sends a message about our commitment to the arts and hopefully helps to pave the way for others to join us.” This makes Erie Insurance the first and inaugural Anchor Investor of the 2014 Arts & Culture Campaign. Anchor Investors, new in 2014, provide leadership level campaign support over a three year period.
The 2014 Arts & Culture Campaign is the means by which one gift can support multiple arts and cultural organizations throughout Erie County, new initiatives and goals of Erie Arts & Culture. Erie Arts & Culture will be on the “Campaign Trail” at various arts and cultural events with campaign information and exciting giveaways. Join Erie Arts & Culture on the Campaign Trail and follow our updates on Facebook or on Twitter @eriea_c, #VibrantErie.
With the beginning of this new era of collaboration, Erie Arts & Culture invites everyone to “Join. Support. Participate.” in arts and culture.