Education and Outreach Programs

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The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture has a long history of interaction and involvement with the community. We believe that an Institute is more than a performing arts center, it is the place where education and entertainment collide. That is why 10 of our 13 live performances this season have educational and community outreach initiatives affiliated with them, two of which are week long artist in residency programs. Our MIAC Live engagements range from hands-on engagements in our lobby, pre-show conversation with faculty members to post-show discussions with the artists.

Not only are we striving to foster education in our MIAC Live performances, but we will continue the tradition of diverse film programming with our Maria J. Langer Movie series. Movies at Mercyhurst include independent films, classic films and our On Screen/In Person Series funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation where we will bring 6 professional filmmakers to the Erie community to speak alongside their screening. The movies at Mercyhurst have always been a great platform for conversation, social change and support of local non-profits. We encourage audience participation through post-show panel discussions with faculty and regional leaders, fundraising efforts for our fellow non-profits and face to face interaction with filmmakers and producers.


Here's a peak at some of the fun activities we have coming this season!

William Close & The Earth Harp Collective: The ExpERIEnce Children's Museum will lead hands-on experiments and games. Try your hand at a unique instrument as you play in the Musical Petting Zoo!

Mercy Killers: A panel of public health faculty and regional professionals will sit down for a panel discussion with playwright and actor, Michael Milligan, for a conversation on the importance on this riviting piece of theatre.

Samite: Samite will live in residence in Erie for a week long educational program. If you're interested in bringing Samite to your organization, email

The Intergalactic Nemesis: Browse the work of local graphic artist, Todd Scalise, or try your hand at computer animation with Erie Animators extraordinaire, MoreFrames.

Martha Graham Dance Company: Mercyhurst Faculty members from the World History and Dance departments will discuss mythology's role in dance and movement throughout the centuries.

Project Trio: Project Trio will live in residence in Erie for a week long educational program. If you're interested in bringing Project Trio to your organization, email

Chris Brubeck: The top of act two will kick off with a conversation with Brubeck on his work as a musician and composer and the legacy that comes with the Brubeck name.

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Erie, PA 16546
(814) 824-3000

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