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Arts & Culture


The Department of Environment and Planning's Division of Planning provides financial assistance and strategic focus and direction to Erie County’s cultural sector to promote the economic and cultural benefits of the County’s tourism, arts, culture, and heritage industry. 

Learn about how planners use arts and culture strategies to achieve economic, social, environmental and community goals.

The Division utilizes the New York State Cultural Data Project to collect and analyze information provided by cultural organizations that the County funds and collaborates with other organizations that promote the County’s tourism, arts, culture, and heritage to enhance the sector’s impact on the quality of life of Erie County residents and its ability to attract tourist and attract and retain residents and businesses.  

Program and Service Objectives

  • Gather, analyze and assess information on cultural organizations funded by the County.
  • Process all cultural funding contracts and invoices in a timely and accurate manner. 
  • Coordinate with tourism, arts, culture and heritage promotion agencies and organizations to market and enhance cultural tourism in Erie County.
  • Assist cultural organizations to leverage financial support, gain new audiences, increase management capacity, identify strengths and challenges, inform decision-making and realize their mission.