The Erie Art Museum’s Education & Folk Art Director, Kelly Armor, was named Outstanding Museum Art Educator of 2017 by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). Armor, who has been at the Erie Art Museum since 2003, was recognized by PAEA for her dedication to the arts at the October 21st ceremony held in Pittsburgh, PA. A PAEA representative stated, “She is making a radical and profound difference in the community, state, and nation. Her personal–professional persona transcends her job title because of the way she inspires those around her to work for equality, value diversity, and engage art for life. Her programs, such as Kids as Curators and Old Songs New Opportunities make her an effective agent in areas that bring people together through the arts. Her work is gaining national attention and grant funding as a result of her hard work in her local community.”
Griffin Currie, Armor’s former intern and current art teacher at Erie’s new Mother Theresa Academy, was also honored at the ceremony with the 2017 Outstanding New Professional Art Educator award.
“Old Songs New Opportunities has taught me wonderful songs from all over the world. I love using them as a learning tool. My students can make connections with their artwork and different countries through the music and movements,” said Currie.
The Pennsylvania Art Education Association gives awards annually to focus professional attention on quality art education and exemplary art educators, increase public awareness of the importance of quality art education, set
standards for quality art education and show how they can be achieved, and provide tangible recognition of achievement, earn respect of colleagues, and enhance professional opportunities for PAEA members.
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 and a modern, ‘Green,’ 10,500 square foot expansion. The newly expanded Museum marks the first LEED-certified building in the region, soon to be complete with a planted rooftop.
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 several education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 25-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers.
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. Winter hours for the Museum’s Wave Café are 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For additional visitor information, visit online at www.erieartmuseum.org or call 814-459-5477.