ArtsErie News – February 2013: Campaign, Arts Convention, Job Opening and More

2013 Combined Arts & Culture Campaign launched

ArtsErie and the Erie Downtown Arts & Culture Coalition (EDACC) kicked off the 2013 Combined Arts & Culture Campaign earlier this month with a reception at the expERIEnce Children’s Museum. The campaign raises funds to support ArtsErie project grants and the eight EDACC organizations. Each beneficiary will receive a portion of funds raised.

Help support arts and culture in Erie County

Visit the 2013 Combined Arts & Culture Campaign website to donate online or to download the campaign brochure and pledge form.


Thank You, Senator Wiley!

ArtsErie would like to thank Senator Sean Wiley (D-49th District) for his commitment to serve on the new Pennsylvania Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus. The Senator’s presence on the Caucus will help ensure Erie’s arts and cultural assets have a voice in the legislative process.

“The arts are vital to any community whether you’re talking about performing arts or visual arts. We are surrounded by incredibly talented people. My participation on this caucus will give me the ability to help the arts and various programs through advocacy and legislative support,” said Senator Wiley.

The Pennsylvania Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus is a bicameral, bipartisan caucus of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. It was established in October 2012 at the suggestion of Citizens for the Arts in PA, the statewide arts advocacy organization, and the Pennsylvania Arts & Culture Coalition (a statewide coalition of organizations that represent arts, culture, museums, public broadcasting, tourism and zoos).

The purpose of the Caucus is:

  •     To provide research, education, policy development, and other support to caucus members as well as other members of the General Assembly;
  •     To support  caucus members in their efforts to draft and pass legislation that advances arts and culture in the Commonwealth;
  •     To provide analysis on pending legislation;
  •     To provide caucus members and their staffs with periodic briefings on pertinent issues confronting and relating to the Commonwealth’s arts and culture infrastructure.
  •     To develop issue specific talking points and press materials for caucus members to use in public and with the media.


2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention to take place in Pittsburgh this June

The 2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention will be held in Pittsburgh from June 14-16, 2013. The annual convention provides an opportunity for over 1,000 arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts.

Several preconferences will also take place from June 13-14, including: the Arts, Entertainment & Cultural Districts Preconference; the Emerging Leaders Preconference; and the Public Art Network (PAN) Preconference.

Registration for the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention is open at Apply by February 28 for a scholarship to attend.


Poetry Out Loud regional champ to advance to state finals

ArtsErie’s 2013 Poetry Out Loud regional competition was held on February 16 at Allegheny College in Meadville. The winner of this year’s regional competition, Annette Hilton from Meadville High School, will go on to compete at the state finals on March 11 at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. Congratulations, Annette!

The 2013 regional judges were Donna Baker, English teacher, Conneaut Valley High School; Ron Hayes, Erie County Poet Laureate; Jan Hyatt, coordinator, Creating Landscapes Educational Programs for Children, Teens, and Young Adults; and Lora Zill, Poetry Out Loud Coordinator, ArtsErie. James West spoke on behalf of the PA Council on the Arts. PA State Rep. Michele Brooks also attended.


Join ArtsErie’s team!

ArtsErie is seeking an Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper up to 20 hours/week (9 a.m. -1 p.m., Monday-Friday preferred). At least two years prior administrative/bookkeeping experience and proficiency in QuickBooks and Microsoft Office required. Successful candidates will display organizational skills, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.

Please send Cover Letter and Resume no later than March 4, 2013 to: ArtsErie, 3 East 4th Street, Suite 10, Erie, PA 16507 or via email Visit the ArtsErie website for a full job description.




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