Summer Fun with Art at the Erie Art Museum

Erie, PA, June 12, 2008 --( Imagination will soar this summer at the Erie Art Museum, providing children of all ages an opportunity to participate in programs that will encourage artistic expression. Summer programs for children at the Museum include Art in Action, Art Camp for Kids, First Fridays and also a wide range of summer classes beginning June 16. Activities will be held throughout the summer; prices vary for each activity.

About Art in Action
Children ages 10 to 14 years old can participate in this weekly gallery-based art making session beginning Tuesday June 17th from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Each week education staff will guide young adults through a different exhibit-inspired artistic endeavor. Costs, which include all materials is $5 per student each week, contact the Museum to reserve a spot in advance.

About Art Camp for Kids
During the week of June 23 to 27 children ages 7 to 12 years old can explore how music and art intersect. Participants will create their own music while exploring how pattern and rhythm are both sonic and visual. Education Director Kelly Armor says, “This is a great chance for kids to meet others who love art as much as they do. And after a week in all the galleries, these kids really feel like they own the place…it is wonderful!” Children can participate in this weeklong event for $135. All supplies and snacks are included and participants will also receive a Student Museum membership. Contact Kelly Armor or Stephanie Campbell at the Museum to register.

About First Fridays
Directed by Museum staff, this program leads adults and their children ages 3 to 6 years old through Museum exhibits using story, song and art making on the first Friday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. Families can call the Museum to reserve a space for August 1, 2008, cost is $5 per child and free for Erie Art Museum Family members.

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