Mission Statement

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture strengthens the vibrancy of the Erie region by presenting world-class performing arts experiences that lift the spirit, galvanize the intellect, stimulate the imagination and encourage the free exchange of ideas. By making these programs available and accessible to the broadest possible audience, the Institute strives to create an environment of richly varied, inclusive cultural experiences.



From luminaries of stage and screen to icons of the music industry, the 2020-21 MIAC Live series boasts a star-studded roster of performers.

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Our COVID-19 Guidelines

Amidst the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture continues to prioritize the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, staff, and community. We are committed to following national and local guidelines for safety while providing the best experience for your visit.


All patrons must abide by the following rules:

  • Wear a face mask that covers your nose, mouth, and chin. Refusal to wear a face mask will result in removal from the venue.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Follow any instructions given by our front-of-house staff.
  • Remain in your seat unless you need to use the restroom.
  • Refrain from congregating in the lobby after the performance.


Here’s what else we’re doing to keep you safe:

  • Air Filtration. Our HVAC system, which brings in 20% fresh air, has an ACH rate of 1.7, and uses MERV 11 filters, is being monitored continuously. Additionally, portable HEPA air purifiers have been added to all restrooms.
  • Intermission. All performances are being presented without an intermission to avoid congestion in the aisles, lobby, and restrooms.
  • Cleaning Procedures. All high-touch surfaces such as door handles, handrails, and armrest surfaces are being sanitized frequently.
  • Contact Points. Mobile tickets, scanners, and digital playbills are being utilized to reduce the number of contact points.
  • Sanitizing Stations. Hand sanitizer stations are positioned throughout the space, including all building entrances and other high-traffic areas.
  • Employee Screenings. All employees are undergoing a self-screening before reporting to work and wearing personal protective equipment, including masks, face shields, and gloves.


PLEASE NOTE: These protocols currently in place are subject to change in compliance with revisions to national and local guidelines regarding COVID-19.



Statement on COVID-19

COVID-19, the virus responsible for the current global pandemic, is a highly contagious and potentially lethal virus. Current research suggests that the virus primarily spreads through respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. However, the full extent of how the virus transmits is unknown.

Community spread of COVID-19 is occurring nationally, including in Erie County, Pennsylvania, meaning the virus is spreading through the community in a way that cannot be attributed to travel to a specific location or exposure to a person known to be infected. In addition, many people who contract the virus may be asymptomatic and unknowingly spreading the virus. There is no known treatment for all of the adverse effects attributed to COVID-19.

The University is engaged in numerous efforts to prevent, mitigate, and respond to the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. Efforts include increased cleaning, implementation of mask-wearing protocols, social distancing measures, and other recommended mitigation strategies.

Despite the University’s best efforts, it is impossible to eliminate the risk of positive cases or an outbreak on our campuses. We cannot guarantee that people present on our campuses will not be exposed to and become infected with COVID-19. The risk of exposure and possible infection is real and present in any community environment where large numbers of people are regularly interacting, including college campuses.

Up-to-date information on Mercyhurst’s COVID-19 response can be found at www.mercyhurst.edu/covid.