Summer Fun at the Erie Art Museum

Erie, PA, May 16, 2009 --( The Erie Art Museum, 411 State Street, is offering art programs for children and adults of all ages this summer. Beginning on June 5, programs and classes such as Art Camp and Drawing for Young People start for the summer session.

Programs last one to ten weeks and are available to beginners as young as four years old. A complete description of programs and classes is available online at

Art in Action
An energizing and creative program where youths explore art on display and then participate in different exhibit-inspired artistic endeavors.
Tuesdays, starting June 9, at 3p.m., ages 10-14

Art Camp for Kids
Children explore the many facets of architecture and 3D design by building structures, creating installation environments, drawing designs, and having fun with music and storytelling.
June 22 - 26, from 9 – 1p.m., ages 7-12

First Fridays
Museum staff leads adults and kids through exploring one of the exhibits using story, song and art making.
First Friday of every month, starting June 5, from 10 – 11a.m., preschoolers and parents

Mid-Day Art “Make”
Meet on the steps during the Mid-Day Art Break to participate in a free art activity; includes free admission to the museum, live music, and family friendly gallery tours.
Wednesdays, starting June 10, from noon – 1p.m., ages 4 – 104

ClaySpace Summer Camp
Campers will focus on clay, including learning to throw pots of the potter’s wheel, creating a variety of sculptures, making toys with movable parts, and exploring wherever their imaginations take them. Materials are included, and a healthy snack is provided (or bring your own)
Week 1, July 20 – 24 from 9 a.m. – noon
Week 2, July 27 – July 31 from 9 a.m. – noon
Week 3, August 3 – August 7 from 9 a.m. – noon

Starting June 15th, all ages

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, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 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 at 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 24-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 is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche