Irrespective of virus, Erie Arts & Lifestyle turns to innovation, community artwork

The numbers are encouraging to Patrick Fisher, who will support guide the way as the Erie arts local community starts its rebound from the pandemic.

Fisher, the government director of Erie Arts & Tradition, said the nonprofit’s annual United Arts Fund campaign raised $795,000 in 2020, up from $630,000 in 2019.

“There is continue to a superior diploma of generosity that exists in our community,” he stated.

Another lead to for optimism: A complete of 1,555 donors contributed to Erie Arts & Culture’s 2020 United Arts Fund campaign, which include 599 1st-time donors, Fisher mentioned. That is up from a overall of 797 donors, including 214 1st-time donors, in 2019.

“Not only are we are sustaining present donors but are attracting new donors, something that is equally essential,” Fisher mentioned.

Patrick Fisher, executive director of Erie Arts & Culture, is shown Jan. 28 at East Seventh and Parade streets with a utility box that was painted to honor local builder Donald Crenshaw. The art that covers the utility box was done by Bridgette Davitt, Scott Gladd and Megan Siegfried and was sponsored by Erie Arts & Culture.

Even still, Fisher claimed, arts businesses and the public’s backing of them need to have to improve for the arts to thrive the moment the COVID-19 outbreak fades.

He reported the arts organizations ought to come to be more progressive, and the public and corporations need to see the arts as an integral aspect of existence in Erie and deserving of ongoing assist.

He reported Erie Insurance coverage was the only company that participated in the fund drive’s matching-reward plan in 2020, contributing a full of $125,000, as the Fortune 500 organization has done in the previous. Erie Arts & Society bought the full $125,000 donation from Erie Insurance plan mainly because the United Arts Fund raised at minimum $500,000 from other sources.

Interview with Patrick Fisher:Art as change agent

“We have to see a lot more community help and additional corporate citizens pledging assistance,” Fisher stated.