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Project Grants Now Open

posted on: Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Erie Arts & Culture Announces Opening of Project Grant Cycle

and Workshop Schedule 

Erie, PA – Guidelines and application forms for Erie Arts & Culture Project Grants will be available online beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Erie Arts & Culture grants are designed to provide up to $5,000 in financial support to a variety of arts activities to help strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of residents through arts and culture. Erie Arts & Culture welcomes existing and innovative projects from all artistic disciplines to apply.

 

Proposals for Erie Arts & Culture Grants are accepted once a year. Complete proposals are reviewed and scored by a volunteer panel based on three criteria: Artistic Quality, Community Engagement & Impact, and Management. The Erie Arts & Culture Board of Directors makes all final funding decisions.

 

Grants are made possible by contributions made to the Erie Arts Endowment and the annual Arts and Culture Campaign. Projects which involve music performance and arts education have an enhanced pool of funds available through the Clarence E. Beyers Music Performance Fund and Virginia Vieser Arts Education Fund, thanks to the named fund donors who wished to ensure that these specific activities thrive in Erie County.


To be eligible for funding, the proposed project must occur in Erie County, PA and take place between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. For additional eligibility requirements and guidelines, please visit
our grant page. Erie Arts & Culture Project Grants are due on or before Friday, October 23, 2015.

Organizations interested in learning more about Erie Arts & Culture Project Grants and the application process are encouraged to attend an informational workshop. Registration for workshops is encouraged and can be done online.
 The workshop schedule is as follows.

September 10th Ÿ 12:00 pm
Erie Movie House, 3424 West Lake Road, Erie, PA
September 10th
Ÿ 7:00 pm
North East Arts Council, 25 Vine Street, North East, PA

September 15th Ÿ 4:00 pm
Corry Area Historical Society, 945 Mead Avenue, Corry, PA

September 17th Ÿ 5:00 pm
Out of the Grey Coffeehouse, 6990 West Lake Road, Fairview, PA

September 21st Ÿ 5:00 pm
Eclectic Etcetera Coffeehouse, 118 Erie Street, Edinboro, PA

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Mindful Mural Project

posted on: Friday, March 20, 2015

Date: March 28 & April 18

Take one class or all
One is all you need to be part of mural

Time: 9:30 - 1:00 ( bring or buy your lunch)

Fee: $20.00 (scholarships available)

Location: North East ArtsCouncil 25 Vine St.

Contact:Christine French 814-725-1857

christinefrench@mac.com

Yoga and Zentangle are health-enhancing practices to help you focus, relax, and recharge. Come learn tools for self renewal with Deb Phillips and Christine French in these Yoga- Zentangle Flow Classes while you create Zentangles that will result in public art.

  
Zentangle drawing and yoga stretching.

Deb Phillips is a certified yoga instructor with 10 years of teaching experience, and Christine French is a certified Zentangle CZT teacher. They will instruct you with some simple but powerful ways to develop your calm potential.

In these workshops Deb will help you engage in the restoring and renewing practice of Yoga. She will move you through a gentle sequence of postures with a breath guided focus to encourage feelings of calm, ease, and peace. A perfect compliment to flow with Zentangle creativity.



Chris will instruct the Zentangle method, which is easy to learn, and a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images of structured patterns. It increases focus, creativity and provides artistic satisfaction with an increased sense of well being. It is an empowering and uplifting experience to deliberately relax and intentionally direct your attention while creating beautiful works of art. Zentangle has no predetermined solution. It is an abstract, portable, and inspirational non verbal language of patterns and proportions.

  

In this class we use the finest tools and materials available to ensure your Zentangle creations will be respected and treasured works of art. In addition to the benefit of mindfulness you get a side effect of feeling good and creating beautiful art to be appreciated, collected, chronicled and reflected upon for years to come.



Afterwards participants will be invited to submit their finished Zentangles for consideration for the Mural selection process. The chosen designs will be refined so Ehren Knapp can transfer them on to the outside structure of the North East Arts Council Building at 25 Vine Street in North East. The classes and the mural installation have been funded by Erie Arts & Culture.


Artists and Instructors Christine French and Ehren Knapp

So please join us. Everyone is welcome. (A limited amount of scholarships are available. Please contact Christine

Christine French 814-725-1857 or christinefrench@mac.com if interested.)You don’t have to be an artist, just be willing to be present and create.


Grant Recipients Awarded National Recognition

posted on: Monday, January 26, 2015

The Elizabeth Lee Black School Awarded for Leadership and Innovation in Special Education

The Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National Institute has received the Award for Leadership and Innovation in Special Education from the National Association for Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC.) 

This prestigious award recognizes the school’s consistent efforts to ensure that children with disabilities receive the many benefits that digital technology offers for state-of-the-art education. In particular, the school is being recognized for an artist-in-residence project that brings a professional artist together with students and faculty to create multimedia publications such as digital books, movies and animations that reinforce or expand upon concepts taught in the classroom. Many of the students create “social stories” that help them achieve their individual communication or behavior goals. The artist in residence program is funded in part by the PA Council on the Arts.


“Digital technology continues to change society, self-expression and education, but too often children with disabilities are left behind,” said Dr. Maureen Barber-Carey, executive vice president of the Barber National Institute. “We are intent on bridging the digital divide for our students, and use technology to broaden their opportunities for learning.” Read more here.

Music at Noon: The Logan Series Awarded for Adventurous Programming

Music at Noon: The Logan Series, a chamber music and performing arts series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Chamber Music America and American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Award for Adventurous Programming.

The national award recognizes ensembles and presenters for outstanding and innovative approaches to the programming of contemporary, classical, jazz and world chamber music.


“It’s exciting to be honored nationally by these organizations,” said Gary Viebranz, director of The Logan Series. “This award reflects the contributions of the staff and administration of the college, along with the support of our audience, local and state arts organizations, Diehl Elementary School, and the City of Erie School District. Of course, none of it would be possible without the vision and support of Mrs. Kay Logan.”

Music at Noon: The Logan Series was founded by Kay Logan in 1989 and receives major support from Mrs. Logan. Additional funding is provided by the Penn State Behrend Student Activity Fee, and the program also receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for this program is provided in part by an Erie Arts & Culture Project Grant, made possible by community contributions to the Combined Arts & Cultural Campaign and the Erie Arts Endowment. Read more here.

Thank you to the PA Council on the Arts, Erie Arts Endowment, donors to the Arts & Culture Campaign, and EITC donors for making nationally recognized programs like these available in our region


Darren McIntyre announced new artistic director of Lake Erie Ballet

posted on: Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Originally published by Lake Erie Ballet, Vol. 67, Issue 3, Battu E Newsletter, photos via Lake Erie Ballet

Lake Erie Ballet is proud to announce the new appointment of Mr. Darren McIntyre to the position of Artistic Director and Ballet Master.



"I strive to improve each day and my emotions explore and cascade to movement. Dance is my way to communicate to a diversity of cultures with no boundaries - it is a language interpreted and understood by all."
~ Darren McIntyre



Knowing Mr. McIntyre's history of training, performance and production - it's not hard to believe this statement to be his guiding principal. Mr. McIntyre began his career as a graduate of the Australian Ballet School, receiving his Advanced Diploma of Dance in 1999. He very quickly began touring as guest artist with several national and international dance companies, throughout the US and abroad - his repertory gradually expanding from the classics to include such great contemporary ballet choreographers as George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Nacho Duato, David Dawson, Stanton Welch, Val Caniparoli, Salvatore Aiello, James Sutherland, Christopher Fleming, Stephen Mills, Edwaard Liang, Mark Godden, Michael Pink, Jessica Lang, Wan Chin Choong and Gregor Thieler, to name a few.  Soon he began to produce his own work, winning awards including The Dame Peggy Van Praagh Award for Choreography, The Sir Robert Helpmann Bursary and The Young Australian of The Year Arts Award. 

In January of 2012, having recently finished his fourth season with the prestigious Milwaukee Ballet, Mr. McIntyre was appointed Artistic Director of the Montgomery Ballet where he continued to produce such classics as "Swan Lake", "Giselle", "The Sleeping Beauty", "Don Quixote" & "Le Corsaire" - also re-staging pieces such as "Diana et Acteon", "The Fairy Doll", "Spring Waters", "Talisman", "Munecos", "Macbeth" and "Spartcus". 



Mr. McIntyre has also had the distinct pleasure of working with over 3,000 young dancers world-wide. His ability to nurture and inspire young dancers has brought him to the best dance academies, companies, and scholarship programs in the world. In addition, Mr. McIntyre's summer dance program "Performing in America" has attracted over 400 dancers, world-wide, each summer. His students have placed in the top 12 at the most prestigious ballet competitions, including The Youth America Grand Prix New York City Finals. He is delighted to continue to interact with the worlds best and brightest dancers - creating the powerful classics and innovating the face of ballet and dance in America, right here in Erie, PA.  Join us this season as we welcome Darren McIntyre, Artistic Director and Ballet Master.


Cee Williams is the 4th Erie County Poet Laureate

posted on: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Erie County Poetry Committee announced the 2014-2015 Erie County Poet Laureate on Friday, September 5, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at the Blasco Memorial Library in the entrance lobby area. This year’s winner is Cee Williams.  Mr. Williams has worked extensively in Erie’s poetry community for many years. He operates Poet’s Hall on East 6th Street; a place where poets from around the region perform their work.  


Mr. Williams stated, “On behalf of Erie County's Poetry Community, I with great modesty and humility do gratefully accept the position of 2014-2015 Erie County Poet Laureate. I hope to achieve during my tenure, what I have always hoped to achieve over the years through my involvement in Erie's artistic community, via weekly readings, poetry festivals, and publications I hope to make the art of poetry accessible and integral our collective community cultural consciousness.”.

Four finalists were selected to participate in a final reading of works on Monday, August 25, 2014. The finalists had already been scored on the written poetry submitted with their application, as well as their community project. The scores from Monday’s performances were combined with those previously achieved by the finalists.  

Current Laureate Ron Hayes concludes his second term this summer. “My time as Poet Laureate of Erie County will always be two of the most special years of my life. I serve students every day in a job I love teaching subjects I love, but poetry is my passion, and I am grateful for the chance to serve not just my students but my entire community. I am particularly proud of having visited every public high school in the county during my tenure, and I will always remember the joy and pride I felt at sharing my second reading with over a dozen aspiring young poets. I’d like to thank the ECPLI committee for choosing me, Doug Smith for his kindness, Greg Brown for his guidance, Chuck Joy and Joe Giles for starting this initiative, and my family for their unwavering support.

As we transition to our fourth laureate, it’s gratifying for me to know that my successor will continue to work tirelessly at bringing poetry to every citizen of Erie County. Cee will be a tremendous asset to the lower east side, to the city of Erie, and Erie County and beyond. What a privilege it is to live in a community that chooses to invest in poetry! I am forever grateful.”

Previous Laureates include Dr. Tom Forsthoefel and Berwyn Moore. The Erie County Poet Laureate is an emissary for poetry who will promote an awareness of poetry and inspire an appreciation of the art form in our community.

The Poet Laureate initiative has been honored by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and the National Association of Counties for excellence and for the promotion of the arts by County government.  


ArtsErie to Host Fall for the Arts on November 1

posted on: Friday, October 07, 2011

2011 ArtsErie Arts Appreciation Award honorees announced;
public reception slated for Tuesday, Nov. 1

ERIE, PAEach year ArtsErie honors individuals and groups for their contributions to the arts community with ArtsErie Arts Appreciation Awards. The awards are presented each year at ArtsErie’s Fall for the Arts Annual Meeting and awards ceremony. ArtsErie will host the 2011 Fall for the Arts celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Harlequin Ballroom, Sheraton Erie Bayfront (55 West Bay Drive, Erie).

 

At the event, ArtsErie will present three Arts Appreciation Awards. Erie Art Museum will receive the Leadership Award. Mercyhurst College & Michael Fuhrman will receive the Applause Award. Madelyn Simmons, educator in Wattsburg Area Elementary Center, will receive the Imagine Award.

 

Doors will open at 5:15 p.m.; the awards presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. A reception will immediately follow, featuring new hors d’oeuvres by Chef Michael Cerrie of the Bayfront Grille.

 

Fall for the Arts is sponsored in part by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, BNY Mellon, Erie Insurance and Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. This year’s awards have been created by metal artist Evan Everhart.

 

For more information or to inquire about purchasing tickets, priced at $10 each, please contact ArtsErie at 814-452-3427 or info@ArtsErie.org.

 

 

About the ArtsErie Arts Appreciation Awards

Nominations for the ArtsErie Arts Appreciation Awards are accepted from members of the community and voted upon by the ArtsErie Board of Directors. The award categories are as follows:

 

The Leadership in Arts Award recognizes a business, government, or foundation that (1) has exhibited long term art support, or (2) whose work has had a significant impact on the region’s arts/cultural landscape, or (3) has demonstrated a successful collaboration between an arts organization and business.

 

The Applause Award recognizes a dedicated individual(s) or group whose outstanding volunteerism and contributions, either currently or in the past, have supported ArtsErie or the arts in our community. (The Applause Award now incorporates the Art Service Award given out in previous years.)

 

The Imagine Award recognizes an educator, instructor or individual whose efforts have made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of arts education by consistently inspiring and encouraging arts excellence in their students or an education affiliate (PTA, Board of Ed., Performing Arts/Music School) or other organization that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to evoke interest and understanding in the arts both having worked over time to implement excellence in and for arts education.

 

 

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 www.ArtsErie.org.


Arts project funding available for PA Partners in the Arts

posted on: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Arts project funding available from PA Partners in the Arts

ArtsErie to host free workshops in Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango,

and Warren Counties to assist prospective applicants


ERIE, PA —
ArtsErie announces the workshop schedule for the 2011 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, 2011 and August 31, 2012. Grant applications are due June 17, 2011. 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 August 15, 2011.

 

ArtsErie PPA Grant Workshop Schedule:

  • Erie: Thursday, May 5 — 7 p.m.
    WQLN
    8425 Peach Street, Erie

  • Girard: Saturday, May 7 — 9:30 a.m.
    Mercyhurst West
    824 Main Street East, Girard

  • Corry: Monday, May 9 — 7 p.m.
    Corry Higher Ed Council
    221 N. Center Street, Corry

  • Titusville: Tuesday, May 10 — 4:30 p.m.
    Towne Center
    101 W. Spring Street, Titusville

  • North East: Thursday, May 12 — 5:30 p.m.
    North East Arts Council
    25 Vine Street, 2nd Floor, North East

  • Meadville: Monday, May 16 — 5:30 p.m.
    Meadville Council on the Arts
    910 Market Street, Meadville

  • Warren County: Thursday, May 19 — 5:30 p.m.
    Allegheny Artistry/ Local Artist’s Co-op
    106 East Main Street, Youngsville

  • Mercer County: Monday, May 23 — 5:30 p.m.
    Midwestern Intermediate Unit #4
    453 Maple Street, Grove City

Please contact ArtsErie at info@artserie.org 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 www.pca.eGrant.org. Applications must be submitted electronically through the eGrant system on or before Friday, June 17, 2011. 

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 www.artserie.org

 

About the PA Council on the ArtsErie

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 www.pacouncilonthearts.org  

  

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Arts project funding available from PA Partners in the Arts

posted on: Saturday, May 15, 2010

ArtsErie to host free workshops in Erie, Crawford, Warren counties to assist prospective applicants

ERIE, PA — ArtsErie announces that applications are now available for the 2010-11 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, 2010 and August 31, 2011. ArtsErie supports the program in Crawford, Erie and Warren counties.

ArtsErie will conduct free workshops to provide more information on the program, and to guide prospective applicants through the application process.

ArtsErie PPA Grant Workshop Schedule:

• Meadville: Thursday, May 20 @ 6:00 p.m.
Meadville Council on the Arts
Meadville Market House, 910 Market Street, Meadville

• Warren: Monday, May 24 @ 5:30 p.m.
Warren Main Street Office 310 Second Avenue, Warren

• Titusville: Tuesday, May 25 @ 4:00 p.m.
Titusville Town Square, 4th Floor Conference Room (take elevator)
110 West Spring Street, Titusville

• Erie: Thursday, May 27 @ 5:30 p.m.
Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, 134 W. 7th Street, Erie

Please contact Char Mashyna at char@artserie.org or by phone at (814) 452-3427 to register for one of the workshops.

PPA Project Stream guidelines and grant applications are available in advance at www.ArtsErie.org, at the ArtsErie office at 3 East 4th Street in Downtown Erie or accessed directly online at pca.eGrant.org. Applications are due postmarked, or submitted electronically through the eGrant system, on or before Fri., June 18, 2010 at 4 p.m.

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. Additional information about ArtsErie is available online at www.ArtsErie.org.

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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 www.ArtsErie.org and about the PCA at www.pacouncilonthearts.org.

 

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