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Erie Art Museum Presents The Art of Community: Building an Arts and Culture Support Network for Newcomers

Erie, PA, October 04, 2007 --( Erie is the new home to over 10,000 refugees and immigrants from all over the world. Erie also has a large, vibrant and diverse art community and a strong network of social service agencies. Imagine the power of these groups working together.

The Erie Art Museum will host a public workshop, The Art of Community: Building an Arts and Culture Support Network for Newcomers, on Friday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum Annex, 423 State Street. The workshop will explore merging the arts and social services to better serve these newcomer communities and to enliven our community at large.

This workshop is targeted towards refugee and immigrant artists, local artists of all genres, cultural organizations, local art organizations, community-based organizations, refugee and immigrant service providers, social service providers, social service organizations that serve newcomers, teachers, librarians, gallery owners, and anyone who is concerned with the well-being of our newcomer communities.

The day-long workshop will present both national and local models of successful arts and social service collaborations which serve refugees and new immigrants. Participants will also hear from newcomer artists who will perform and talk about the importance of maintaining their cultural traditions in their new homeland. Drawing on personal experience and ideas generated by the presentations, participants will work together to explore possibilities for collaboration and to establish a local network through which resources can be shared, communication can be maintained, and future projects developed.

Space will be made available for participants to share information about their art forms or programs with each other.

Cost for the workshop is $30 per person by Oct. 5 or $40 after Oct. 5. To register, contact the Erie Art Museum, 814.459.5477.

The Art of Community: Building an Arts and Culture Support Network for Newcomers is sponsored by the Erie Art Museum, the Institute for Cultural Partnerships, Hispanic American Council, the International Institute, Erie Insurance, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 5,500 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.

Contact: Tammy Roche (814) 459-5477

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