Fifty years ago, the founders of Stairways recognized the potential healing power of art for people recovering from mental illness. From its very first days as a social rehabilitation program, Stairways has encouraged clients to explore and advance their artistic talent as a means of expression.
Today, Stairways continues the conviction of the founders through the progressive programming of Center City Arts, an art studio in the heart of Erie that provides a unique and pressure-free arts experience open to those who have recovered or are recovering from a mental illness—and to those who assist them in that journey. Through instruction in a variety of art forms, Center City Arts makes the arts accessible, breaks down barriers and fosters confidence and independence.
Our light-filled studio, converted from the former carriage house of the former Rose Koehler Curtze mansion, features sunny skylights, full-spectrum lighting, a library, kitchen, and ample workspace.
The studio offers quality materials and professional instruction that enable participants to explore a variety of art forms, including drawing, painting, weaving, fused glass, jewelry, sculpture, metal arts and printmaking—to name just a few.
Our recently launched online shopping center offers a regular means of selling client work, encouraging and supporting our artists. Check out www.CenterCityArtsErie.org to view unique, original jewelry, paintings, drawings, prints, fused glass pieces, traditional crafts and more.
For additional information, class schedules and online shopping, or to check out the dedicated Center City Arts website right now, click here.
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Center City Arts
Lee Steadman 814.456.2731
138 East 26th Street
Erie, PA 16504
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