The second and third floors of the Meiser Building, located on West 10th Street between the Erie Playhouse and the Downtown YMCA, will become the new collaborative location for the business operations of Erie Arts & Culture and the Erie Philharmonic.
The second floor will house the offices of Erie Arts Culture while the third floor those of the Erie Philharmonic; however, both floors feature space that will be shared by the organizations including an open and closed conference area, copy workroom, and kitchenette. Both organizations will maintain high street visibility in a building that also houses 21 La Rue Dix meeting/event facility on the ground floor.
Amanda Brown Sissem, Executive Director of Erie Arts & Culture states, “The layout lends itself well for a collaborative space, allowing both non-profits access to better quality business resources while providing savings on these operational expenses. For Erie Arts & Culture it was important for our location to remain in the downtown improvement district, as well as for the building to have historical relevance. Through the move we are leading by example in regards to redefining collaboration throughout the arts sector.”
“It is the beginning of a cultural center in the heart of Erie and we are proud to be a part of it,” states Steve Weiser, Executive Director of the Erie Philharmonic. “The Erie Philharmonic’s move to a new building is a fresh start. With new leadership, the Philharmonic is primed and ready for a new home that gives us the space and technology we need in a centrally located building downtown, only a short walk from the Warner Theatre. The move has given us the opportunity to look through fascinating historical archives, revive networks and relationships that were lost years ago, and prepare to push our orchestra to the next level.”
Minor renovations to the space are being led by Weber Murphy Fox, lending their expertise in architecture, interior, construction management, land planning and development, and historic preservation, in-kind for this project.
The Meiser Building is owned locally by The Sherr Company, the founders of which have been longtime advocates, supporters and patrons of the arts in Erie. A five year lease was signed.
The mission of Erie Arts & Culture is to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture. Additional information about Erie Arts & Culture is available online at www.erieartsandculture.org.
One of the oldest professional orchestras in the country, the mission of the Erie Philharmonic is to strengthen our community and region by providing high quality live orchestra concerts and programs that enrich, entertain and educate people of all ages. More information online at www.eriephil.org.
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