Erie Art Museum Breaks Ground on $9 M...

Erie Art Museum Breaks Ground on $9 Million Expansion

There are 13 comments on the PR.com story from May 2, 2009, titled Erie Art Museum Breaks Ground on $9 Million Expansion. In it, PR.com reports that:

Erie, PA, May 02, 2009 -- -- Forget the ho-hum handshakes. The Erie Art Museum is having a free all-day public celebration to officially kick off the construction of the Erie Art Museum's $9 million expansion and renovation on May 8, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. in the Erie Art Museum Annex parking lot at 20 East 5th Street.

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Insane

Youngstown, OH

#3 May 3, 2009
Erie is so F)))Ked up!

I guess the DUMBOCRATS are happy!!!
MCR

United States

#5 May 5, 2009
And the food banks are hurting. Took the words right out of my mouth.
Julio Lopez wrote:
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People living in the street ....yet we find 9 million dollars for art LOL
Lovin it!
runaway slave

Fredericksburg, VA

#6 May 5, 2009
it's a misprint... it is the the Erie Fart Museum... much more apropros for eerie
Truth

Erie, PA

#7 May 5, 2009
It is curious that the city seems unable to hire more police to combat the rising crime and yet the Governor sees fit to commit what are obviously additional resources to an extremely small and non-profitable (no pun intended)art museum. Perhaps the progressives in the city will find it curious enough to question. Absent those questions, the city will have a lovely art museum surrounded by the homeless and the dead.
runaway slave

Fredericksburg, VA

#8 May 5, 2009
Truth wrote:
It is curious that the city seems unable to hire more police to combat the rising crime and yet the Governor sees fit to commit what are obviously additional resources to an extremely small and non-profitable (no pun intended)art museum. Perhaps the progressives in the city will find it curious enough to question. Absent those questions, the city will have a lovely art museum surrounded by the homeless and the dead.
maybe the homeless, worthless, and deadbeats should learn to draw !
Ben

Stow, OH

#10 May 6, 2009
I don't know anyone that's ever gone to that waste of a museum and now they are taking taxpayer money to make it bigger?? I see they're eliminating ALL of the parking too. There's a stroke of brilliance.

How many jobs will this create once finished? At least the zoo, sports complexes, and theaters bring in tourists and employ people.

Let's have a tea party there on Friday.
Kathy

Stow, OH

#11 May 7, 2009
Truth wrote:
It is curious that the city seems unable to hire more police to combat the rising crime and yet the Governor sees fit to commit what are obviously additional resources to an extremely small and non-profitable (no pun intended)art museum. Perhaps the progressives in the city will find it curious enough to question. Absent those questions, the city will have a lovely art museum surrounded by the homeless and the dead.
I think you'll find that the "art" museum's arrogant director and board live in the suburbs and outlying areas and not the city. What do they care about its shrinking tax base and beleaguered police force.

What a poor decision in this economy to build an unnecessary monument to objects. The building's design is absolutely atrocious too. Why didn't they at least take an old building and re-use it? Would have been much cheaper and maybe there would have been some parking for the bourgeois.

Sad.
Carl

Stow, OH

#12 May 7, 2009
They can spend $9 million for an art museum but can't fund a fun spot for kids to go. Take a look at the art around Erie. Ugly frogs and metal monstrosities. And to showcase that shit they need a $9 million building? Those people smoke dope.
jen

Erie, PA

#13 May 8, 2009
you need to do more research and get a life. maybe if you had a little art in your lives you wouldn't be so cynical. most of the money was raised through private funding. and i don't believe any city money was given to the museum.
Sherman

Erie, PA

#14 May 8, 2009
I read the press release and it said $4 million of a $6 million construction budget is from public funds. So most of the money is not private.

Maybe you need a little math in yours?
The Original Observer

Stow, OH

#15 May 8, 2009
Sherman wrote:
I read the press release and it said $4 million of a $6 million construction budget is from public funds. So most of the money is not private.
Maybe you need a little math in yours?
Math? Those "artist" trust fund losers don't need math. Just daddy's bank account number. LOL.
quinn

Seattle, WA

#16 May 8, 2009
There is a conclusive link between quality of life and such ephemeral subjects as art, music, public spaces, etc. It saddens me to no end that the comments listed here are so negative and seemingly angry. If Erie wants to become a better place to be, then it simply must offer what similar cities it's size do; this includes museums of quality. This is not to say that there is much room for improvement when it comes to employment and homelessness...(please note that I am a social worker trained to help the mentally ill and homeless - so I do indeed see both sides of this issue.) Please folks, nothing is ever so simple as black and white.
The Original Observer

Stow, OH

#17 May 8, 2009
quinn wrote:
There is a conclusive link between quality of life and such ephemeral subjects as art, music, public spaces, etc. It saddens me to no end that the comments listed here are so negative and seemingly angry. If Erie wants to become a better place to be, then it simply must offer what similar cities it's size do; this includes museums of quality. This is not to say that there is much room for improvement when it comes to employment and homelessness...(please note that I am a social worker trained to help the mentally ill and homeless - so I do indeed see both sides of this issue.) Please folks, nothing is ever so simple as black and white.
Quality of life for whom? Pretentious suburban elites that insist that the unwashed pay for their symphony halls and art museums while basic services, infrastructure, and things like parks are neglected. Those are the types that clamor for art museums and have hoodwinked people into funding them with scarce public dollars.

You are woefully out of touch with this community. We need better basic education and affordable higher education. A properly staffed police department. Updated infrastructure and affordable energy. And more parks. NOT a new multi-million dollar taxpayer funded building for a very unpopular and unsuccessful art museum.

I get real tired of hearing what we need as if a bigger art museum will attract new companies and new industries. Buffalo has a dynamic art museum as does Cleveland. How are they doing in the quality of life department? Bottom of the barrel.

Even that "creative class" fraud from Pittsburgh would argue that art museums are not the answer and what new economy workers want is outdoor activities, job opportunities, and nightlife.

If you spend $9 million dollars, to create only a few low paying jobs, you have a failed project before you start.

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