Administration and Faculty

Amanda Boots, Director: Miss Amanda is a graduate of Mercyhurst University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Special Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education. She is the Director of the Carpe Diem Academy for graduate students at Mercyhurst University. She loves working in the early childhood field and is very excited to be a part of the Mercy Center of the Arts staff.


Cathie Dugan, Academic Program Coordinator and Teacher: Mrs. Dugan completed her Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certification at Gannon University. She has been teaching at Mercy Center of the Arts since 1989, and is a registered teacher with Music Together®. Her initial role at Mercy Center was art teacher, a position she held for 8 years, before moving to the areas of Dramatic Movement, Literature and Music. In recent years, she has added Science and Math to her teaching repertoire. Beginning the 20-21 school year, she has been appointed to the position of Director and Coordinator of Academic Programming by the Mercy Center of the Arts Board of Directors. Her background includes the study of dance, piano, choral music and sacred organ, as well as art and pottery. She is a dedicated gardener and lover of nature. Mrs. Dugan loves sharing her enthusiasm for books, music and nature with young children and their families.


Cassi Unger, Art Teacher: Ms. Unger is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida where she earned a BFA in Illustration. Furthermore, Ms. Unger completed the Illustration Academy’s Summer Intensive Program in Kansas City, Missouri. Her paintings and illustrations have been displayed across the country, as well as, locally. When Ms. Unger is not teaching at Mercy Center of the Arts, she spends her time as a private art instructor. She enjoys teaching her students the fundamentals of visual arts by guiding the children to grow their creative potential. 


Mercy Center of the Arts

We have relocated to the OLMC Parish Building. We are still on Grandview, east of Rt 8.    

 We invite to make an appointment to visit our classrooms!


1531 East Grandview Blvd
Erie, PA 16510

Phone: 814-824-2519

Hours: M-F, 8:30-12:00


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What's Happening

We are loving our new classrooms at Mount Carmel. The rooms are spacious and lovely, and we are enjoying the outdoor areas. The children's assessment: "it still feels like Mercy Center of the Arts".  What better endorsement could there be? Thank you to Mount Carmel Parish for your warm welcome. 

Music Together Classes

 Outdoor Fall class begins in mid-September. Please call for information.

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