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Mission of the NAH

The Neighborhood Art House provides classes in the visual, performing and literary arts to at risk children in Erie.

This program, offered in a safe, nourishing and caring environment, is at no cost to the children who attend after-school and/or summer classes.

A ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, the mission of the Neighborhood Art House is to enable children to experience beauty, grow in positive self-expression and self-discipline, and develop into full and productive human beings.

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Come Bring the Children

Come, Bring the Children
Stand them on their toes and let them twirl into tomorrow.
Say to them,
"This is how POSSIBILITY feels."

Come, Bring the Children
Sneak them into the land of Oz,
let them live Where the Wild Things Are.
Say to them,
"This is how WONDER is born."

Come, Bring the Children
Jump barefoot in clay until it takes a shape of tiger teeth.
Say to them,
"This is how CREATIVITY happens."

Come, Bring the Children
Pour a bucketful of paint on gray sidewalks and empty dreams.
Say to them,
"This is how HOPE tastes."

Come, Bring the Children
Toss hundreds of letters in the air and see how they land.
Say to them,
"This is how IMAGINATION grows."

Come, Bring the Children
Kneel at the notes of sax, piano, cello, snare drum
soul-stretching a star-lit night.
Say to them,
"This is how BEAUTY saves."

—Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB,
Founder of the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House

Women's Core Committe

Members of NAH Core Committee

The Women’s Core Committee grew out of the original Women of Vision who joined the Benedictine Sisters in founding the Art House. It continues to serve as an advisory committee, reviewing financials, programs and projects and hosting the annual Taste of the Arts fundraising event.

Current Members:
Kathleen Burik
Lisa Chinsky
Karen Clark
Susan DiCara
Mary Alice Doolin
Lynne Elia
Rebecca Hilbert
Nancy Kern
Mary Lincoln
Barbara Pollock
Margaret Stolley
Mary Ann Toohey
Sister Mary Jane Vergotz, OSB
Sister Anne Wambach, OSB

Inner-City Neighborhood Art House • 201 East 10th Street • Erie, PA 16503 • T: (814) 455-5508 • F: (814) 480-8942