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New Horizons Initiative Launches its Placemaking Speaker Series with Keynote from Peter Kageyama

Tuesday Apr 9th, 2019

Peter Kageyama is the author of “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places” and the follow-up book “Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places.” Peter is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders. He is also an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development.


New Horizons Presents: The C.H.R.O.M.A. Guild

Wednesday Apr 3rd, 2019

The C.H.R.O.M.A. Guild is the Creative Hub of Resources & Opportunities that support & connect Multicultural Artist in NWPA.

CHROMA is an Erie-based regional network focused on building both individual and organizational capacity by providing broader opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the area’s cultural and creative industries.

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Cultivating Meaningful Cultural Experiences

Wednesday Apr 3rd, 2019

Nina Simon has served in the role of Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History since 2011. In 2019, she founded OF/BY/FOR ALL, an organization that envisions a world in which all people are empowered to share their talents to strengthen their communities. To create this future, OF/BY/FOR ALL helps civic and cultural organizations grow of, by, and for their communities. Simon is also the author of two best-selling books, “The Participatory Museum” and “The Art of Relevance.”

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A Look Through Erie's Creative Lens | Painter Katie Maciak

Monday Apr 1st, 2019

Outdoor adventurer Katie Maciak (LeVan) takes the feeling of serenity that comes with immersing oneself in nature and transfers it onto the canvas to share with us. She encourages people to find their own meaning in art, stating, “I paint because it is my favorite thing to do and it channels my moments of peace.” Her love of nature doesn’t stop with paintings, as she also makes pressed flower jewelry.


New Horizons' Initiative Community Organizer Joins Erie Arts & Culture Staff

Thursday Mar 28th, 2019

Erie Arts & Culture is pleased to welcome Tiffanie Page-Collazo as the Community Organizer for the New Horizons’ Initiative; an initiative funded through The Erie Community Foundation’s Shaping Tomorrow grant. She started with EAC in February of 2019.

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Advocate to Protect our Federal Cultural Organizations

Thursday Mar 21st, 2019

For a third-straight year, the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB). 

A Look Through Erie's Creative Lens | Photographer Sarah Perino

Tuesday Mar 19th, 2019

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. In that case, it makes sense that soft spoken wife and mother of four Sarah Perino chooses to express herself through photography.

“I became interested in photography through some friends who do it,” she says. “Taking photos of my baby girl and then my boys was the hook that got me interested in learning more. My oldest son has a good eye for composition and we took photos in nature, experimenting with focal points and perspectives.”

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Creative Economic Lifeblood | First Release in EAC’s Series of Arts and Cultural Impact Storytelling Videos

Thursday Mar 14th, 2019

Erie Arts & Culture recently contracted MenajERIE Studio, a female-owned, small business located in Downtown Erie, to create and produce a series of videos that tell the stories of how art and culture plays an imperative role in the personal, communal, and economic development of our region. It is through the creative and cultural sector that we improve the quality of life for our residents, inspire the imagination and creativity of our youth, provide a sense of identity and inclusion for our diverse inhabitants, and propel upward growth of our region’s economy.

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The 2019 BIG IDEA StARTup Contest Provides Opportunity to our Creative Community

Wednesday Mar 13th, 2019

Are you an entrepreneur working within the creative economy, blending your creative skill sets with technology and innovation in segments such as: Communications, Design, Entertainment (Animation, Gaming), Fine Arts (Interactive, Visual), Augmented Reality, and/or Robotics? If you are, and you have not heard about Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ 2019 BIG IDEA StARTup Contest, it’s time you have!



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A Look Through Erie's Creative Lens | Digital Artist Rachel Heibel

Tuesday Mar 5th, 2019

At the tender age of eleven, Rachel Heibel decided she really wanted to learn how to draw people. She would sit down for hours with a tablet and a #2 pencil drawing pictures of the celebrities featured in magazines.

After graduating high school in 2002, Rachel started to slip away from her drawing habit. She strayed further from her it after getting married in 2006 and having a baby five and a half years later. However, in 2013 she began learning how to 3D model within Blender, which reawakened the artist inside of her. She networked with a company called Theory Animation and joined their team as an animator.

At the beginning of 2017, she went back to her roots of drawing. She wanted to learn how to draw and paint digitally, and through a combination of tutorials, books, and teaching herself through trial and error, she learned how to paint in Photoshop.

Now Rachel has found a way to combine her love of art with her love of animals. She creates lifelike digital paintings of animals and uses her art to raise money for non-profit animal rescues.

I had the opportunity to interview Rachel to find out more about her artwork and what is involved in creating it. Let’s see what she has to say:

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A Review: “The Rebirth of a Fallen Race: The Fall - The Journey - The Rise of the African American People”

Friday Mar 1st, 2019

On 2/28/2019, East Middle School presented “The Rebirth of a Fallen Race: The Fall - The Journey - The Rise of the African American People.” This was the debut production of the school’s newly formed theater program. This original production was written by Kimberly Overton, a teacher at EMS and the program’s director.

Ms. Overton deserves to be recognized for her work, as do all the students involved, of which there were more than 50. The production is a tremendous example of how the arts can be used as a vessel to analyze complex topics, encourage reflection, and provide opportunities for dialog as, 400 years later, we as a nation are still wrestling with our spotted past and the ways that historic systems of oppression continue to manifest themselves today.

A Look Through Erie's Creative Lens | Photographer Maitham-Basha-Agha

Tuesday Feb 19th, 2019

Once a refugee himself, Maitham Basha-Agha’s passion lies in the stories others have to tell. Through the lens of his camera he captures the stories of Erie’s refugees, as well as the way of life of those in Ghana and Botswana. He believes he can change hearts and minds through the universal language of photography.

Maitham graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He worked in the Juvenile Justice System until 2014, and in May of that year he completed freelance photo journals in Iraq on refugees and anti-ISIS protests.

Erie Arts & Culture and the Presque Isle Partnership Team Up to Bring the First Inaugural Great Lake Ice Break Fundraiser to the Erie Region

Monday Feb 11th, 2019

Inspired by the Nenana Ice Classic, an Alaska tradition since 1917, Erie Arts & Culture and the Presque Isle Partnership have joined forces to create the inaugural Great Lake Ice Break, a joint fundraising initiative that will preserve both Erie’s natural and cultural assets, as well as attract visitors to Erie’s Bayfront and Downtown. A kickoff event for the fundraiser will take place Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 4 pm – 7 pm at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel.



Erie Arts & Culture distributes over $71,000 in cultural project grants

Wednesday Jan 30th, 2019

On Friday, January 18th, Erie Arts & Culture awarded 33 organizations with funding for cultural projects at a special check presentation that took place at 10:00 am at the Urban Erie Development Corporation’s Reverend E. F. Smith Quality of Life Learning Center, 2046 East 19th Street, Erie.