Erie Insurance Donates $150,000 to Erie Art Museum, Names Education Wing

The Erie Art Museum will receive $150,000 gift from their downtown neighbor, Erie Insurance. The gift was announced September 7, 2017, during a press conference in the Museum’s Main Gallery, with Erie Art Museum Board Members and Erie Insurance Executives in attendance. In recognition of the gift, the Museum will rename the education wing, The Erie Insurance Education Wing.

The gift brings momentum and excitement for the future of the Erie Art Museum. Susan Black-Keim, Interim Director said, “What a wonderful way to begin the next phase of EAM’s creative programming and service to our community.  Thank you, Erie Insurance for your generosity, your partnership and your support of the EAM’s future success.”

The Erie Art Museum Board of Directors is thrilled that their downtown neighbor is interested in having a future hand in the cultural anchor of our city. Erie Art Museum Board President, Steve Porter said, “Speaking on behalf of the Board and the community we represent, we are grateful for this tangible show of support from Erie Insurance.  Even more important, however, the Erie Art Museum and Erie Insurance are more than good neighbors, we are partners – working together to make our neighborhood the cornerstone of a diverse, livable and culturally vibrant urban core of Erie.”

Ann Scott, Manager of Community Outreach and Human Resources at Erie Insurance said, “Erie Insurance is proud to support the ongoing efforts of the Erie Art Museum as they continue to expand their presence in the historic Bonnell Block. We recognize and applaud the Museum’s work in advancing the visual arts through education, performance, and high-quality art in all its forms. The Erie Art Museum is a treasure enjoyed by our employees and their families, our neighborhood, and everyone in the community throughout Erie County, Pennsylvania, and the country. We’re pleased to be able to help them continue to be a sustainable asset into the future.”

Erie Insurance has been a longtime supporter of the Erie Art Museum. Over the years, Erie Insurance has supported several Museum initiatives including; The Picture a Place Campaign, the EITC program (Comprehensive School Tour Program), Blues & Jazz Festival, Mid Day Art Break, Second Sundays, ARTrageous, and the Bike Rack program.

About the Erie Art Museum

The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th-century commercial buildings tied together by a modern, ‘green,’ 10,500 square foot expansion.  The new facility was the first LEED Gold certified building in Northwest Pennsylvania.

The Museum maintains an ambitious program of changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well as traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 8,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community.  Performing arts are showcased in the popular summer program, Highmark Mid-Day Art Break, which presents a wide range of regional performers, and the popular annual three-day Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival, which presents outstanding national and international artists.

The Erie Art Museum and gift shop is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Summer hours for the Museum’s Wave Café are 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday. For additional visitor information, visit online at www.erieartmuseum.org  or call 814-459-5477.




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