Save the Date for the Erie Art Museum’s mARTi gras

The Erie Art Museum’s popular mARTi gras fundraiser makes a return on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Museum. After over 850 turned out for their summer fundraiser, pARTy on the patio, this past June, Museum staff and Board of Directors are expecting a great turnout for this fund-raising event, which garners critical funding for the Museum’s mission and programming.

mARTi gras is making a reappearance much in part by the community’s request for it to come back. The Museum held this fundraiser for a few consecutive years in the early 2000’s before taking a hiatus; the Museum’s special events committee decided it was time to bring it back for 2013.

“For those who remember the mARTi gras’ of Museum-past, we are bringing back the critical elements, but reinventing the event with fun new twists on this classic “Fat Tuesday” celebration,” said Carolyn Eller, the Museum’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “In typical John Vanco fashion, he’s found a gem of a Zydeco band, direct from Louisiana, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Cha Band, that will anchor the event with some fabulously danceable music. The Museum is also bringing in authentic street performers to interact with party-goers, as well as holding a fabulous silent art auction with some really unique items, many of which were generously donated by local artists in the community.”

Stella Artois, the official beer sponsor of the event, will supply guests with complimentary beer throughout the evening; a full cash bar will also be available.

Partygoers are encouraged to dress in their craziest mARTi gras attire (cocktail is fine, too), and prizes will be awarded to the best male, female, couple and group. Guests authentic Cajun fare, by Make it Fabulous Catering, a silent art auction, Tickets are $50 per person and are available at or by calling the Museum at 814-459.5477. All proceeds benefit the Erie Art Museum. Tickets include complimentary beer, hors d’oeuvres, and great entertainment. A full cash bar will be available; guests must be 21 to attend.

Erie Art Museum’s Special Events committee includes: Sara Breese, Carolyn Eller (Director of Marketing), Barb Haggerty, James Laughlin, Abby Lechner (Event Chairperson), Denise Mosley, Julia Nene, Nancy Potter, Patty Rich, Matthew Rogers and Barbara Ward.


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 6,000 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 25-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Erie Art Museum, café, and gift shop is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For additional visitor information, visit online at or call 814-459-5477.