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



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