2016: the Year of the Arts
In our work with the Cultural Alliance of York County, we get a glimpse at York’s future in the applications for proposed projects and program funding from around our community. They are like our own crystal ball, looking in on the York that COULD be if these projects come to pass. And according to our prediction, 2016 will be a great year for the arts in York.
In December, individuals of all ages and sectors of our community packed our conference room to hear how to apply for our Creative Impact Award grants, which fund art-based projects that better our community. We had ideas for temporary and permanent public art installations to help make York a cultural tourism destination, environmental art gardens to teach farming and agriculture to visitors, programs to teach young girls empowerment and self-esteem through creative expression, and proposals for festivals and art events that would bring economic prosperity to all corners of the county.
Our eight funded cultural partners also have some innovative plans to bring arts and culture to life in 2016. The York Symphony will produce its first fully-staged opera on the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts stage on April 30th this year. The York County Heritage Trust will be moving forward with plans to develop the Met-Ed Steam Plant building into an interactive cultural campus in the heart of downtown York. Coming off of its successful $1.3 million capital campaign, Creative York will launch a new slate of classes and programs to bring creativity and innovation to all ages in its renovated gallery and studio spaces in York City.
At the Cultural Alliance, we’re also working hard to make 2016 the year of the arts in York. In January we’ll be launching York365.com, York’s first all-inclusive arts and culture resource featuring cultural events, artist directory, and interactive calendar that syncs with other area calendars reducing duplication, all made possible by the Women’s Giving Circle of the York County Community Foundation. We’re also hosting the 2nd annual YorVoice music competition on March 18th at the Strand-Capitol, highlighting the amazing musical talent here in York.
We’re excited about the start to 2016, and hopeful that York has a bright future full of arts and culture ahead. What are your hopes for York in 2016? Make sure to let us know in the comments, or tag your posts with #culturalyork