Artists Edward Grout and Tom Ferraro joined forces in 2012 after realizing what public art can do for a community. Their goal is to enhance the creative process by giving the reins to the populations that would ultimately be impacted by the results of their work. They want the finished artwork to be a reflection of the community and for people to see themselves in what they created together.

And thus, the Looking Glass Art Project (LGAP) was born.

The success of the LGAP over the past several years has led them to add artists, Steve Mik, Dean Ferraro, and Cathy Ferraro to the team. Steve is an early pioneer in mural making in the Erie area, having completed a dozen murals from 2007-2012.  Graphic designer, Dean Ferraro, has contributed to the digital design of the production artwork for the past ten years. Cathy Ferraro has provided painting, installation and technical support to the Looking Glass team since its inception. Their expertise proved to be a valuable asset to the LGAP as opportunities for community driven public art projects have increased in recent years.

The LGAP team recognizes that every piece is as unique as the various groups participating in the Project, peppering the Rust Belt with colorful, thoughtful, and empathetic world views of its residents.