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Erie Art Museum Will Celebrate the Diversity of the City at Summer Fundraiser

Erie, PA, May 17, 2012 --( The Erie Art Museum’s summer fundraiser, pARTy on the Patio, is back for the second year, this time celebrating a “Summer in the City” theme. The “urban garden” party is scheduled for Friday, June 29th from 7 to 11 p.m. on the Museum’s 5th Street patio. Last year, more than 500 attendees turned out in support of the Museum’s mission and programming, and the Museum is expecting another big turnout this year.

“This uber-hip street party will truly pay homage to the sights, sounds and diversity of the city,” said Carolyn Eller, the Museum’s Marketing Director. “It will be an amazing night filled with people from all walks of life coming together to celebrate some of Erie’s greatest, and perhaps underrepresented artists, while supporting the Museum.”

Tickets are $25 in advance ($35 at the door) and can be purchased at or by calling the Museum at 814-459.5477. All proceeds benefit the Erie Art Museum. Entertainment includes lives salsa music by Mambo, dancing in the streets and interactive graffiti art spearheaded by local artist Tom Ski, a DJ mixing classic hip hop and a break-dance battle featuring talented BBoys, some of whom have been break dancing 11 years. The battle will include guest judge Jason "Iggy" Imig, and hosts Nathan Freebourn and prominent b-boy in the Erie scene, Phat Lam.

Summer fare will be provided by Make It Fabulous Catering, and complimentary keg beer will be served from Erie Beer as well as a full cash bar and specialty sangria bar.

Erie Art Museum’s Special Events committee includes: Jennifer Dobbs (Director of Development), Carolyn Eller (Director of Marketing), Neala Ferralli, Barb Haggerty, Julia Horan, Abby Lechner (Event Chairperson), Julia Nene and Nancy Potter.

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.
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