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.

Daytime Adult Classes at the Art House

We're excited to announce that adult classes as well as community events are being added to the Art House schedule! Visit our Community Art Programs page to learn more about upcoming opportunities. Class size is limited- register soon!

Visit our Student Art Gallery!

Did you know we have a gallery featuring hundreds of examples of student artwork on our website? You can see examples of some of the wonderful work Art House students have created over the years in our online gallery. Happy viewing!