Erie Arts & Society obtained a grant from the Doris Duke Basis for Islamic Art to give possibilities for Erie artists from Muslim nations so they may well obtain wider recognition listed here.

The grant funded school-centered residencies, general public performances and electronic media coaching for 12 artists, some of whom arrived to Erie as refugees.

Henna artist Nialwak Athow, second from right, shows off her mural on Lake Erie International Market,  601 Brown Ave. With her are Kelly Armor, center, folklorist in residence for Erie Arts & Culture, which received a grant for the project; Mary Elizabeth Meier, left, art education professor at Edinboro University, and her daughter, Abigail Meier; and Jennifer Peters, art educator in the Fort LeBouef School District. Mary Elizabeth Meier and Peters helped with the mural.

Kelly Armor, Erie Arts & Culture’s folklorist in residence, is speedy to share news of the grant.

“Especially all through COVID, when so a lot has been canceled, you can nevertheless go to these outlets, see the artwork, and assist a neighborhood small business whilst basically tasting the bounty of Erie’s new-American cultures,” she said.

Armor explained the final initiative of this grant was completing a few ethnic marketplace murals.

As she said in an email, “Erie genuinely has a wealth of new-American artists who are hidden in simple sight. This task gave them valuable encounter in sharing their story, culture and artwork. In the case of this mural challenge, the artists also created a constructive effects on neighborhood enterprises. The artists selected a market place they needed to lover with and collaborated with the homeowners in developing a layout. All three marketplaces are exciting areas with a exceptional array of goods.”