nora2Twelve-year-old Norah Dana took it upon herself to help raise money for the 24th Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival. Norah told her mother, Heather Dana, “I’m going to paint rocks and sell them at the Blues & Jazz Festival and I’m going to donate the money to the museum.”

Norah had her rocks, painted with images of animals and emojis, on display on a blanket at the festival. Attendees loved them! The outgoing young artist asked guests, “Would you like to buy a painted rock? It benefits the Erie Art Museum.”

Selling rocks to benefit the museum makes Norah happy. She said, “I like to see people smile when they see something they like.”

Norah sold all of her rocks on the first day within a few hours. Norah’s rock sales earned $60 for the Erie Art Museum!

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Norah’s father, Steve Dana, is a wood sculptor and most recently had a work, Candy Bear, in the 93rd Spring Show. Her mother is the Director of the Cummings Gallery at Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture. The family business, Dana Floor Sanding, also generously supports the Museum.

This fall, Norah will be in 7th grade at Villa Maria Elementary School.

Thank you, Norah, for your time and thoughtfulness in raising funds for the Erie Art Museum.


If you’d like to learn more about making a gift to the Erie Art Museum, please email Christine Eddy, Director of Development, or call ph 814.459.5477.