The numbers are encouraging to Patrick Fisher, who will assist lead the way as the Erie arts community commences its rebound from the pandemic.

Fisher, the government director of Erie Arts & Society, said the nonprofit’s once-a-year United Arts Fund campaign raised $795,000 in 2020, up from $630,000 in 2019.

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

Another bring about for optimism: A complete of 1,555 donors contributed to Erie Arts & Culture’s 2020 United Arts Fund campaign, like 599 initial-time donors, Fisher claimed. That is up from a overall of 797 donors, including 214 very first-time donors, in 2019.

“Not only are we are sustaining current donors but are attracting new donors, something that is equally vital,” Fisher said.

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 nevertheless, Fisher reported, arts businesses and the public’s backing of them need to have to modify for the arts to thrive after the COVID-19 outbreak fades.

He reported the arts companies ought to turn into more innovative, and the general public and corporations need to see the arts as an integral section of everyday living in Erie and deserving of ongoing support.

He stated Erie Insurance policy was the only corporation that participated in the fund drive’s matching-reward plan in 2020, contributing a whole of $125,000, as the Fortune 500 company has completed in the past. Erie Arts & Lifestyle obtained the comprehensive $125,000 donation from Erie Insurance policy because the United Arts Fund raised at the very least $500,000 from other sources.

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“We have to see extra public help and much more corporate citizens pledging assistance,” Fisher reported.