Mission: The mission of the erie art museum is to promote and advance the visual arts by maintaining a quality art collection, by encouraging art in all its forms, by fostering lifelong art learning, and by building community amoung artists, art students, and the public.
Programs: Exhibitions - erie art museum maintains an active program of changing and permanent exhibits which present art from around the world, the work of international, national and regional artists. The exhitibs are drawn from the museum's collections, and from loans by artists and other institutions and collectors. They span cultures and time preiods, and are aimed at encouraging dialogue and understanding amoung viewers. They are supplemented by educational programming, including gallery talks and lectures, panel discussions, films, and other presentations dealing with the ideas expressed in the exhibitions.
education - the museum's education program encourages lifelong learing in the general public through a variety of program offerings, including studio art classes, workshops, lectures, guided tours, and projects that offer the public art-making opportunities. Studio art classes taught by professional artists offer beginners and amateurs an opportunity to create art in a nurturing environment with quality instruction. The education program specifically addresses teachers in primary and secondary schools through in-service and professional development programs. The museum hosts interns from all over the united states and beyond in an applied learning situation that
performance - the museum pursues its mission to "encourage art in all its forms" through a regular series of performing arts programs. Principal amoung these are concerts presented as part of the 32-year-old contemporary music series, and the 2-day free erie art museum blues and jazz festival, which takes place in a beautiful city park and arboretum. All the performing arts presentations, including the festival, are accompanied by educational programs that bring artists and audiences together around cultural intersections of art and music. International artists are a frequent conponent of these programs.