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.

In Memory of Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our founder and a champion of the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House, Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, who passed away Friday, January 6, 2023, following a courageous 3-year-long battle with cancer. We will all miss her more than words can express. Her passion and vision are the reasons the Neighborhood Art House exists today. Please keep the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and Sister Mary Lou’s family in your prayers.