Arts Education for Inner-City Youth

The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House provides a safe, nourishing and caring environment for youth after school and during the summer. A ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, the Art House mission is to enable youth to experience beauty, grow in positive self-expression and self-discipline, and develop into full and productive human beings.

Youth ages 7-18 who live in Erie's inner city are invited to attend the Neighborhood Art House at no cost for instruction in the visual, performing, and literary arts and in environmental action. This instruction includes semester-length classes and private music lessons; students can also choose a time for tutoring and for one-on-one reading with an adult volunteer.

Become a Volunteer at the Neighborhood Art House

Volunteers are an essential part of our community. In one year, at least 5,000 hours of service are given directly by those serving as teachers, tutors, readers, program assistants and classroom aides. Learn more about how you can get involved.

Neighborhood Art House Annual Appeal 2021

It is a critical time in youths’ lives when they need opportunities to learn new skills, time to socialize, and to receive attention from caring adults. The Art House is here to help. Through your generous assistance, the students will be given guidance and inspiration when learning new skills and techniques that they can apply toward a future job or concentration of study.

Virtual Art Lessons

The Art House decided to approach the Winter/Spring semester carefully this year. After much discussion, we started out the semester with virtual classes only for January and February. Classes were taught via live Zoom meetings and recorded YouTube videos. YouTube lessons will continue to be available online and we’d love to have you join us in our art lessons! Feel free to access our YouTube channel and make artwork at home- there’s no age restriction and all skill levels are welcome!