Cultural Alliance Announces Justin Ayala as Arts in Education Director
The Cultural Alliance of York County has named Justin Ayala as the new Director of the StARTSomething Arts in Education program, one of 14 arts-in-education partnerships in Pennsylvania with Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the third largest arts-in-education partnership in the state.
The stARTSomething Arts in Education program promotes learning in and through the arts for children and adults in York, Adams, Fulton, and Franklin counties. Schools, community organizations and senior centers collaborate with highly trained teaching artists to custom-design learning experiences. Ayala will help develop and manage all aspects of learning residencies between teaching artists and host sites, as well as advocate for artists and arts organizations in the region.
Though Justin Ayala is new to the Director position, he is not new to the program. Prior to accepting the role of StARTSomething Arts in Education Director, Ayala has been a rostered interdisciplinary teaching artist with the arts-in-education program for 15 years, one of only 350 rostered teaching artists in the state. Ayala has served as lead artist for a hundred short-term and long-term residencies at schools and community centers throughout the region.
“The Cultural Alliance of York County is dedicated to leveraging the power of creativity to help learners at all ages and stages through our StARTSomething Arts in Education partnership,” said Mary Anne Winkelman, President of the Cultural Alliance. “We are thrilled to welcome Justin into this leadership role, and know that our artists and community will benefit from Justin’s knowledge and experience in bringing arts and learning together.”
A 2001 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, Justin Ayala is a practicing artist, VJ, and arts educator living in York, PA. Justin has exhibited, taught and performed extensively throughout the country and has been recognized for best practices in arts education by the state of Pennsylvania.
Founded as a United Arts Fund in 1999, the Cultural Alliance’s annual campaign supports eight partner agencies that are essential to our cultural core and funds the Creative Impact Award grants that bring arts and culture to life in York County. Since its inception, the Cultural Alliance’s annual campaign has granted $9.2 million cash and more than $2 million in-kind support.