Erie Arts and Culture is receiving a big grant to help local Muslim immigrants and refugees share their artistic talents.

It was a competitive process, but Erie Arts and Culture will get $37,500.

The grant funding is expected to be available in August.

The Doris Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awarded $2.5 million nationally to non-profits working to support connections between communities and artists of Muslim-majority countries who now call those local communities home.

"It enables us to work with artist that are already living in our community," said Kelly Armor, folk art director for Erie Arts and Culture. "Most of them are refugees."

"This grant helps us work with these artist through a variety of activities to build their share their abilities and capacities to be able to share their art," said Armor.