February 28, 2021


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Despite virus, Erie Arts & Lifestyle turns to innovation, general public artwork

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The figures are encouraging to Patrick Fisher, who will enable lead the way as the Erie arts local community commences its rebound from the pandemic.

Fisher, the executive director of Erie Arts & Culture, said the nonprofit’s annual United Arts Fund campaign raised $795,000 in 2020, up from $630,000 in 2019.

“There is nonetheless a large diploma of generosity that exists in our neighborhood,” he reported.

Yet another induce for optimism: A whole of 1,555 donors contributed to Erie Arts & Culture’s 2020 United Arts Fund marketing campaign, like 599 first-time donors, Fisher stated. That is up from a overall of 797 donors, which includes 214 first-time donors, in 2019.

“Not only are we are sustaining existing donors but are attracting new donors, something that is equally critical,” Fisher mentioned.

Patrick Fisher, executive director of Erie Arts & Culture, is shown Jan. 28 at East Seventh and Parade streets with a utility box that was painted to honor local builder Donald Crenshaw. The art that covers the utility box was done by Bridgette Davitt, Scott Gladd and Megan Siegfried and was sponsored by Erie Arts & Culture.

Even however, Fisher said, arts corporations and the public’s backing of them have to have to modify for the arts to thrive the moment the COVID-19 outbreak fades.

He explained the arts businesses must come to be far more innovative, and the general public and corporations need to see the arts as an integral element of lifestyle in Erie and deserving of continued assist.

He claimed Erie Insurance was the only corporation that participated in the fund drive’s matching-gift program in 2020, contributing a full of $125,000, as the Fortune 500 business has finished in the earlier. Erie Arts & Society obtained the total $125,000 donation from Erie Insurance policies since the United Arts Fund raised at the very least $500,000 from other sources.

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“We have to see extra public help and a lot more corporate citizens pledging assistance,” Fisher mentioned.

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