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ArtsErie Project Grant Workshops

posted on: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Guidelines and application forms for ArtsErie’s Project Grants will be available by Saturday, August 31, 2013 online at ArtsErie.org. ArtsErie Project Grants provide funding for art performances, projects and exhibits in Erie County. Project grants of varying amounts are available from three funds. Projects of any artistic discipline may apply for $500 to $5,000 from the ArtsErie Unrestricted Project Fund. Arts education projects may apply for $500 to $2,500 from the Virginia Vieser Arts Education Fund, and projects involving music performances may apply for $500 to $5,000 from the Clarence E. Beyers Music Performance Fund.

To be eligible for funding, the proposed project must occur in Erie County, PA and take place between October 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014. For additional eligibility requirements and guidelines, please visit ArtsErie.org August 31st. ArtsErie Project Grants are due on or before Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Organizations interested in learning more about ArtsErie Project Grants and the application process are encouraged to attend an informational workshopThe workshop schedule is as follows:
 
   Friday, September 6th  10:00 - 11:00 am
Jordan Room, Knowledge Center, Knowledge Park, 5240 Knowledge Parkway, Erie, PA

    Monday, September 9th  6:00 - 7:00 pm
Goodell Gardens & Homestead, 221 Waterford Street (Route 6N), Edinboro, PA


ArtsErie to host regional Poetry Out Loud competition on February 16 at Allegheny College

posted on: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Five high school students from Crawford, Erie and Mercer counties to participate


ArtsErie and the PA Council on the Arts are proud to present the 2013 regional competition for the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest on February 16 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at Allegheny College in Meadville. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program, created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, which encourages the study of poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. The winner of this year’s regional competition will go on to compete at the state finals on March 11 at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. 

Participating students are: Sara Cruz, Fairview High School, Fairview, Erie County; Annette Hilton, Meadville High School, Meadville, Crawford County; Kyle Kuhns, Maplewood High School, Guys Mills, Crawford County; Rosie Pregler, Mercyhurst Preparatory High School, Erie, Erie County; and Marissa Works, Hickory High School, Hermitage, Mercer County.

James West will speak on behalf of the PA Council on the Arts. PA State Rep. Michele Brooks will attend. Ron Hayes, Erie County Poet Laureate, will serve as one of the judges, along with Lora Zill, ArtsErie Poetry Out Loud Coordinator; Donna Baker, English teacher, Conneaut Valley High School; and Jan Hyatt, coordinator, Creating Landscapes Educational Programs for Children, Teens, and Young Adults.

ArtsErie and EDACC launch combined campaign, website

posted on: Tuesday, February 05, 2013

ArtsErie and the Erie Downtown Arts & Culture Coalition (EDACC) kick off another joint campaign on Tuesday, February 5 at 5 p.m. at the expERIEnce Children’s Museum. For the second year in a row, ArtsErie and EDACC are working together to make arts and culture happen in Erie’s downtown and throughout the region. The 2013 Combined Arts & Culture Campaign raises funds to support ArtsErie project grants and the eight EDACC organizations. Each beneficiary will receive a portion of funds raised – ArtsErie’s allocation is 20% and EDACC’s allocation is 80%.

In recent years, ArtsErie competitive grants have supported more than 30 projects annually, including the annual art show at the Barber National Institute and music and art at the Downtown Edinboro Art and Music Festival. EDACC, which supports its eight member organizations – Erie Art Museum, Erie County Historical Society, Erie Playhouse, Erie Philharmonic, expERIEnce Children’s Museum, Dafmark Dance Theater, Flagship Niagara League and Lake Erie Ballet – collectively provides upwards of 1,000 productions, exhibitions, concerts and educational opportunities for an audience of more than 30,000 each year.

 

Donors Can Now Give Online

Making a donation to the 2013 Combined Arts & Culture Campaign is even easier with the creation of a new website, www.erieartsandculture.org (to be launched at the event). Viewers can make a secure donation online, find more information about the campaign, and link to websites of the participating arts and cultural organizations.

 

How to Donate

To support arts and culture in Erie, visit www.erieartsandculture.org. Donors can make a gift online or download the pledge form and mail with a tax-deductible contribution to: Combined Arts & Culture Campaign, P.O. Box 9684, Erie, PA 16505.

 

For more information about the 2013 Combined Arts & Culture Campaign, please visit www.erieartsandculture.org. Questions about making a donation online can be directed to campaign@erieartsandculture.org.

 


ArtsErie announces new Executive Director, Amanda Brown Sissem

posted on: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sissem to lead local arts organization

ERIE, PA — Erie native Amanda Brown Sissem has been named executive director of ArtsErie. The organization provides leadership, financial support, education and advocacy for arts organizations and artists throughout the region. She will begin working in her new role on November 19.

“It's a time of both opportunities and challenges for arts organizations and artists, which demands renewed commitment and leadership from ArtsErie. We look forward to the perspective and experience that Amanda will bring to our organization and our community,” said Matthew W. Fuchs, Chairman, ArtsErie Board of Trustees.

Sissem previously served as a program officer at The Erie Community Foundation. While at the Foundation, she helped operate ECF’s $2M competitive grants program with special focus on strategic grants in the Erie Vital Signs areas of Cultural Vitality, Education, Economy and Brain Gain.

She co-administrated two, federal nonprofit capacity-building programs, ReTool Erie and the Erie Capacity-Building Collaborative. Her work included providing financial assistance, training and coaching services to strengthen nonprofits and increase their impact to the community.

“I’m honored to have been chosen for this exciting role. The power of the arts to inspire, educate, heal, fuel innovation and drive economic growth is undeniable. Leading an organization with the mission to nurture this power to enrich lives is a great opportunity,” said Sissem.

Sissem will succeed Susan Breon, who has served as interim executive director since Char Mashyna left the organization in May.

Sissem holds an undergraduate degree in social work from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in nonprofit management. She is a member of the Junior League of Erie. She resides in Millcreek with her husband and two children.

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. The organization changed its name from the Arts Council of Erie in 2008. Additional information about ArtsErie is available online at www.ArtsErie.org.

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ArtsErie to Announce New Executive Director

posted on: Monday, October 29, 2012

News conference scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30

ERIE, PA — ArtsErie will introduce its new Executive Director in a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Waldron Center, 124 West 7th St., Room 219, at Gannon University. (This room is on the second floor closer to the 7th St. side of the building and stairs.)

Search Committee Chairman Tom Aaron and the new director will be available immediately following the announcement for interviews.

 

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.

 


Nominations Open for ArtsErie’s 2012 Arts Appreciation Awards

posted on: Wednesday, August 01, 2012

New award announced to recognize local Artist of the Year

ArtsErie salutes individuals and groups for their contributions to the arts community by presenting ArtsErie Arts Appreciation Awards each year. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to use the nominating form on the ArtsErie website to submit nominations in any of four categories prior to the August 17, 2012 deadline.

This year ArtsErie announces a new recognition, the Artist of the Year Award.
The Artist of the Year Award recognizes an individual artist of any media who has had a significant impact on the arts and culture landscape through personal commitment and leadership. This new honor was instituted in 2012 as a means to acknowledge a local artist for his or her contributions to our community or for providing a mentoring role in helping other artists.

In addition, nominations may be submitted to honor achievements in any of three previously established categories:

The Leadership in Arts Award recognizes a business, government or foundation that (1) has exhibited long-term support, (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 or group whose outstanding volunteerism and contributions, either currently or in the past, have supported ArtsErie or the arts in our community.

The Imagine Arts-in-Education Award recognizes an educator, instructor or individual whose efforts have enhanced arts education by consistently inspiring and encouraging arts excellence in their students or an education affiliate (PTA, School Board, Performing Arts/Music School, etc.). The nominee can also be an organization that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to promote interest and understanding in the arts and excellence in arts education.

In 2011, ArtsErie saluted the Erie Art Museum (Leadership Award); Mercyhurst University (then Mercyhurst College) and Michael Fuhrman (Applause Award); and Madelyn Simmons, educator in Wattsburg Area Elementary Center (Imagine Award). A complete list of past Arts Appreciation Award recipients is available online.

Awards will be presented on October 30, 2012 at ArtsErie’s Fall for the Arts celebration.

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.


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 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 http://ppa.egrant.net. Applications must be submitted electronically through the eGrant system on or before Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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 www.artserie.org.

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 www.pacouncilonthearts.org


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 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.


Nominations Due by 8/15 for ArtsErie’s 2011 Arts Appreciation Awards

posted on: Friday, July 01, 2011

Each year ArtsErie salutes individuals and groups for their contributions to the arts community by presenting them with ArtsErie Arts Appreciation Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 ArtsErie Arts Appreciation Awards. 

Individuals and organizations are urged to use the nominating form on the ArtsErie website to submit nominations before the August 15 deadline to honor achievements in any of the three categories.

• 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 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.

In 2010, ArtsErie saluted the Corry Community Foundation (Leadership Award); Union City Area School District (Imagine Award); and Andrew Kauffman for the Arts 'n Drafts Festival (Applause Award). A complete list of past Arts Appreciation Award recipients is available online.

Awards will be presented in October 2011 at ArtsErie’s Fall for the Arts celebration.