2012-13 Arts project funding available from PA Partners in the Arts

posted on: Monday, May 14, 2012

ArtsErie to host free workshops in Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, and Warren Counties to assist prospective applicants

ArtsErie announces the workshop schedule for the 2012 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Project Stream grants. The PPA program provides opportunities for arts organizations, individual artists and community-based groups to apply for up to $3,000 in funding to support performances, exhibitions, and other arts projects that are presented to the public and take place between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013. Grant applications are due Friday, June 29, 2012. ArtsErie supports the program in Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties.

The workshops are designed to provide detailed information on the program, and to guide prospective candidates through the application process. In addition to the PPA program, workshops in Erie County will also provide information on the ArtsErie grant programs due Wednesday, August 15, 2012.


ArtsErie PPA Grant Workshop Schedule:

  • Corry: Thursday, May 24, 7 pm
    Corry Higher Ed Council, 221 N. Center St., Corry
  • Meadville: Tuesday, May 29, 5:30 pm
    Meadville Council on the Arts, 910 Market St., Meadville
  • Oil City: Wednesday, May 30, 4 pm
    City Hall Council Chambers, 21 Seneca St., Oil City
  • Erie: Tuesday, June 5, 5:30 pm
    Cathedral of St. Paul, Downey Hall, 134 W. 7th St., Erie
  • Sharon: Thursday, June 7, 5:30 pm
    Shenango Area Chamber of Commerce, Founders Room, 41 Chestnut St., Sharon
  • Warren: Monday, June 18, 7 pm (rescheduled from June 4)
    Allegheny Center for the Arts, 217 Liberty St., Warren 


Please contact ArtsErie at or by phone at (814) 452-3427 to register for one of the workshops. All workshops are free and open to the public.

PPA Project Stream guidelines and grant applications will be available online at Applications must be submitted electronically through the eGrant system on or before Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. 


When You’ve Finished the Application:

  • Review your application and click the Submit My Data button on or before Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. 
  • Click on ‘Print PDF’ to generate a PDF file for printed copies of your application.
  • Have the original signed in BLUE ink by an authorized representative.
  • Submit the original and 1 copy of the application, 3-hole punched, to ArtsErie, 3 E. 4th Street, Erie, PA 16507-1426.  
  • Copies must be hand delivered by 4:30 PM on June 29, 2012 or postmarked by that date. NO EXCEPTIONS! 

Read more information on our PPA grant page.  

The PPA program is a partnership initiative between local arts organizations and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency. State government funding for the arts comes through an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. ArtsErie administers the PPA program in Northwestern Pennsylvania.


About ArtsErie
ArtsErie strives to nurture the arts and enrich the lives of the people of Northwestern Pennsylvania through leadership, financial support, education, and advocacy. Additional information about ArtsErie is available online at

About the PA Council on the Arts
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is a state agency under the Governor’s Office that works to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. For more information on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, visit

ArtsErie Begins Search for Executive Director

posted on: Monday, May 07, 2012

ERIE, PA — ArtsErie’s Board of Directors today announced that Char Mashyna has resigned as executive director of ArtsErie. The board has named Susan K. Breon as interim executive director, effective immediately. Breon is actively involved in the Erie arts community, serving as past board member of the Arts Council of Erie (ArtsErie) and currently as a board member of the North East Arts Council and a member of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


ArtsErie board chairman Matthew Fuchs stated, “As interim executive director, we feel that Susan possesses the leadership skills, understanding and expertise that will allow ArtsErie to continue its mission of nurturing the arts and enriching the lives of everyone in Northwest Pennsylvania through leadership, financial support, education and advocacy. As the board begins its search for Char’s successor, we have complete confidence in Susan’s abilities to oversee ArtsErie.”


As ArtsErie executive director since 1999, Mashyna was previously responsible for growing ArtsErie in both size and scope; administering arts funding to multiple counties throughout Pennsylvania; leading advocacy efforts; and coordinating the implementation of CultureSpark, the Erie County Cultural Master Plan.


MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Fuchs, ArtsErie Board Chair, 814-870-7612 


ArtsErie to host area legislative visit at 'One World Tribe' music residency

posted on: Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Site visit to showcase Art in Action program at First District Elementary School


ERIE, PA — On Thursday, May 3, M. Holly Nowak, ArtsErie's Arts in Education director, and Delta Zahniser, principal, First District Elementary School, Meadville, will host three area legislators’ representatives at a site visit to a fourth-grade music residency with world music ensemble One World Tribe. The following three representatives from area legislators' offices will be present: Brad Moore, district director for U.S. Representative Mike Kelly; Kyle Hannon, regional representative for U.S. Senator Bob Casey; and Sheila Sterrett, regional manager for Senator Pat Toomey. The event is not open to the general public.


One World Tribe is a world music ensemble, consisting of musicians and dancers from many different countries and disciplines. The group's residency work provides insight into the music, dances, languages and cultural traditions of West Africa and the Caribbean supporting subjects such as Math, History, Geography, Language Arts and Social Studies.


First District Elementary School is one of three elementary schools that are partners in ArtsErie's Art in Action program, a four-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant program (AEMDD).


About ArtsErie

ArtsErie strives to nurture the arts and enrich the lives of the people of northwestern Pennsylvania through leadership, financial support, education and advocacy. Additional information about ArtsErie is available online at


About Art in Action

The Art in Action project is a partnership between ArtsErie, Union City Elementary School, First District Elementary School (Meadville), Cambridge Springs Elementary School and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Through Art in Action, ArtsErie and its partner agencies propose to develop, document and evaluate a model that will enhance both the quality of teaching in the classroom as well as student academic achievement and engagement in the learning process by 1.) integrating the arts into existing curriculum, and strengthening in-school art experiences for approximately 900 elementary students living in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, and 2.) strengthening quality relationships between teaching artists and classroom teachers.


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