Arts Education for Inner-City Children

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

Children ages 7-14 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; children 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 Wrap-Up

2020 is coming to a close, and the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House is preparing for 2021! We have been blessed to be able to continue our mission to provide Erie's inner city youth with meaningful programs in a safe and nurturing environment through the generosity of our donors. Please visit our video gallery to see accomplishments by the students under the guidance of our wonderful faculty. We look forward to continuing our friendships, and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you from everyone at the Art House!