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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Erie County Cultural Master Plan released

posted on: Friday, May 21, 2010

Key recommendations made for cultural development in Erie County

ERIE, PAArtsErie, The Nonprofit Partnership and participants in the CultureSpark planning process today announced the completion of the Erie County Cultural Master Plan. The announcement took place at Noon at the Mercantile Building, 1401 State Street, Erie, and included a special preview opportunity of the new Northwestern PA Artists Association (NPAA) exhibit "The Mercantile Show."


Speakers Mary Ellen Dahlkemper, CultureSpark steering committee chair and Stairways Behavioral Health chief administrative officer; Char Mashyna, ArtsErie executive director and CultureSpark facilitator; Tom Ferraro, CultureSpark working committee member and NPAA co-director; Bob Wooler, The Nonprofit Partnership director; and Barry Grossman, Erie County Executive, provided an overview of the planning process and the recommendations from the community, as well as a preview of implementation plans.


"We're already seeing the impact that the CultureSpark planning process and the Erie County Cultural Master Plan will have on our region — from new grant opportunities to new partnerships between community organizations and officials," said Char Mashyna, executive director of ArtsErie, one of the lead sponsors of CultureSpark.


The final 88-page report, prepared by consultant Bill Bulick of Creative Planning, Portland, Ore., who has been involved with cultural planning for over 20 years, contains 35 individual recommendations. The recommendations fall under six categories of critical issues chosen by the CultureSpark Steering Committee as offering the best opportunities for strategy development: Joint Marketing; Countywide Services; Cultural Education; Individual Artists and Creators; Community Development; and Resources and Information.


The 6-page Executive Summary highlights nine key recommendations that have the greatest potential impact on the 10-year CultureSpark vision for cultural development in Erie County and which are, in brief:

  1. Launch a joint marketing initiative.
  2. Create a Central Cultural Website.
  3. Countywide Cultural Development.
  4. Increase cultural education opportunities in K-12.
  5. Enhance professional development, marketing and support for individual artists and creators.
  6. Develop a Cultural Center, or centers.
  7. Increase private fundraising.
  8. Secure a sustainable government/public dedicated funding source.
  9. Develop new partnerships that improve and enhance the relationship among community leadership, governments, civic organizations, colleges/universities and arts, culture and heritage.


The final documents will serve as a ten-year plan for arts, culture and heritage in Erie County. An action team is forming to implement the cultural plan's recommendations. Erie County residents interested in participating in the implementation of the cultural plan should contact Char Mashyna at 814-452-3427 or to learn more.


CultureSpark received funding from ArtsErie, The Erie Community Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Erie County, through a grant from the Unrestricted Gaming Revenue. The Erie Community Foundation has donated an additional $10,000 to ArtsErie to help with administration and implementation costs.


For additional information about CultureSpark and to review the executive summary and final plan in their entirety, visit


About CultureSpark

CultureSpark is a year-long cultural planning process, implemented by ArtsErie and The Nonprofit Partnership, which is designed to identify the issues, strengths and challenges for cultural development throughout Erie County. Bill Bulick of Creative Planning, Portland, Ore. is facilitating the process, assisted by Surale Phillips of Decision Support Partners, Bozeman, Mont.

ArtsErie to host key PA arts leader at Wednesday reception

posted on: Friday, May 14, 2010

Community invited to meet Pa. Council on the Arts Executive Director Philip Horn




ERIE, PA — ArtsErie will host a reception on Wednesday, May 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cummings Gallery at Mercyhurst College with Philip Horn, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). ArtsErie invited Horn to travel to northwestern Pa. to meet PCA partners in Ridgway and Erie.  


The reception will provide an opportunity for Horn and the PCA to become better acquainted with the organizations and projects that the PCA funds in this region. Additionally, attendees will be able to learn more about the status of state funding for the arts and reinforce the value of funding community arts planning.


Northwestern Pennsylvania is one of the top recipients of funding by the PCA.


Call ArtsErie at 452-3427 for more information or to confirm attendance. Additional information about ArtsErie is available online at and about the PCA at


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