Skip to Main Content

VisitErie Blog

LettheChildrenSing

Community Art: Murals of Erie County

Tuesday Jun 28th, 2022

Did you know there are more than eighty murals scattered across the city of Erie and surrounding areas? Learn more about Erie's history and community through these artistic works that can be seen throughout the city.

CarlaHughes v2

“Let the Children Sing” (pictured above), located at the Martin Luther King center at 312 Chestnut Street, depicts adults and children in motion against a backdrop of notes drawn from the namesake song, "Let the Children Sing," written by Erie native classical composer Harry T. Burleigh. The piece explores the history of Erie’s important figures in Erie’s African American culture and their influence in the development of Erie’s music scene.

The “Carla Hughes” mural (pictured left), located at 650 East Avenue, painted by Miami-based artist Mwanel Pierre-Louis honors the memory of Carla Hughes. Hughes was a well-known Erie educator, dancer, performer and board member at the Erie Playhouse who recently passed in May 2021. The mural honors this artist who meant so much to her students and fellow performers.

RUDY

Next is “Rudy” (pictured left), a nine-story mural located at the Methodist towers 160 West 8th Street. Artist Evoca1 who painted the mural observes human behaviors and social struggles to translate them into his artistic works. Evoca1 focuses on a person local to the community where he is painting. “Rudy” is no exception, depicting local Rudy Daniels, a resident of Methodist Towers.

“Flotsam”, which measures approximately 12, 000 square feet, is the largest piece of public art located in Erie on the Bicentennial Tower’s second level observation platform at Dobbins landing. According to traditional maritime definitions, flotsam refers to the wreckage of a ship and what debris may eventually wash ashore. Internationally renowned artist SatOne said the mural explores the definition of flotsam and this feeling of rejection by incorporating bright images of abstract shapes floating aimlessly over a vibrant blue background. SatOne challenges what will happen to the debris, telling the story of a treasure waiting on the sand to be reclaimed by those who are curious.

These are just four of the more than 80 murals in Erie waiting to be explored. Visiting these murals is a great way to discover and learn more about our Erie community. For a complete list of murals, maps, and more follow this link https:/ /www.visiterie.com/blog/murals-of-erie-county.

Partner Spotlight

Mazzqa resize

Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

Local wine is great for holiday entertaining, plus it makes a great gift! Stop by to try (and pick up) award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA.

Learn More

millcreek mall

Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

Learn More

spotlgiht the cove

The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

Learn More

u pick 6 spotlight

U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

Learn More

upmc

UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

Learn More

Untitled design 1

When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at www.aa.com or www.united.com

Learn More

the cork

The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

Learn More

dobbins landing

Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

Learn More

bayfront grille

Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

Learn More

PortFarms SpotlightAd NovDec 2

Christmas at Port Farms

Enjoy Santa’s Workshop every weekend for visits with Santa, live music, crafts, cookie decorating, and holiday food & drinks! They also offer cut-your-own trees, pre-cut trees, freshly made wreaths, holiday décor, and other great gifts throughout the week. The Port Farms Christmas season is November 25th - December 23rd and there is no admission fee. Plan an enchanting Christmas experience at Port Farms today! Visit www.portfarms.com for more info!

Learn More