Join us for a free community cultural celebration January 13-19! The goal of CelebrateARTS! is to provide citizens of all ages the opportunity to participate in cultural experiences to improve our overall community stability and vitality, and build lasting connections with one another without cost being a barrier.  CelebrateARTS! will also act as the public launch of the Cultural Alliance 2019 annual campaign and 20th anniversary, working to raise $1 Million in contributions to bring more of these high-quality arts experiences to our community.

All events are free to the public thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and community partners. Though all events are free, space is limited. Register for each of our events below to save your spot. Come out and CelebrateARTS! with us!

Event schedule from January 13-19, 2019 to include:

January 13th, 2pm: Inventing History-Richard Chandler Hoff at York Art Association  Richard Chandler Hoff is a nationally recognized artist working exclusively in graphite pencil on paper. Hoff illustrates life in America during the 1940’s relying on extensive research to accurately depict that decade. Join us for the opening of his solo exhibition in the York Art Association Nancy Woodward Gallery at 221 South Marshall Street in East York from 2pm-4pm on Sunday, January 13th. All are welcome; no RSVP required.


January 15th, 6pm-8pm: MLK Day Celebration at Union Lutheran Church at 408 West Market Street in York-

Community Arts Ink, Union Lutheran Church, GUSA, and the Cultural Alliance of York County join forces once again to bring you an evening of music, dance, poetry, food, and powerful messages to honor the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

This cultural celebration begins with a soul food love feast from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. followed by an evening of performance and the words of Dr. King himself as read by leaders and mentors from York County’s dynamic African-American community. Come join us on the birthday of one of America’s most fearless and loving leaders as we dedicate ourselves to continuing his work in the world.  No RSVP required, all are welcome.



January 15th, 7pm: York Story Slam: Celebration at Holy Hound Taproom at 57 West Market Street – The Cultural Alliance will partner with York Story Slam to provide a community storytelling event at Holy Hound Taproom, the first of the 2019 season. Ten audience members are chosen to share a true story based on the month’s theme, with one emerging as the Story Slam winner for that month.  Unlike previous Story Slam events, the tickets will be free, opening up the event to more members of the community to share their personal stories with the audience.  Click here to reserve your tickets!


January 16th, 6pm: What Are You Afraid Of? An Installation by Jessica Jane Julius on 1st & 3rd Floors of Marketview Arts, 37 West Philadelphia Street-Politicians, Activists, and scholars often refer to a “culture of fear.” Fear of terrorism, fear of pollution or disease, fear of different views or lifestyle; these real or imagined threats cause anxiety in today’s world. Temple professor Jessica Jane Julius’ community-based installation will examine the culture of fear through the lens of visual and performing arts offering a new perspective into how fear pervades every aspect of how people relate to and interpret the world around them. During the run of the exhibition Julius, a graduate of York City’s William Penn High School, will encourage current York City students participating in the project to analyze their fears, understand their origin, and take power over them.  Join us on January 16th for a closing interactive event focusing on the theme of fear. No RSVP required, all are welcome.


January 17th, 5pm-8pm: Superhero Family Night and “The Incredibles” Movie Screening-Calling all heroes-we need you! Join us in downtown York for heroic family fun!  Stop by Creative York at 10 North Beaver Street from 5pm-6:30pm to create your own very own super hero mask! Pick your super power and decorate accordingly using markers, collage papers, other art materials, and stickers to make your super hero costume come to life.  Then take a stroll through Cherry Lane Park for the kick off of FestivICE in downtown York and pose with your favorite heroic ice sculpture on your way to our free screening of “The Incredibles” at the Appell Center Capitol Theatre at 7pm.  Costumes encouraged! No RSVP required, all are welcome.



silent disco graphicJanuary 18th, 8pm-11pm: Silent Disco & Performance by Greater York Dance at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts Studio- Silent disco is a unique way of experiencing live music – Guests wear wireless headphones and a silent atmosphere instantly transforms in to a high energy musical performance. Audio/Visual artists Aortic Valve will be spinning the music and projecting video to make it a truly immersive experience. Dancers from Greater York Dance and Midstate Ballet will open the silent disco with a performance perfectly timed to the music in your ears-and guaranteed to get your feet moving! Don’t miss this sight/sound experience premiering in York for the first time! No RSVP required, all are welcome!


January 19th, 10am-1pm: Free Dress Rehearsal Performance with the York Symphony Orchestra of their “National Heroes” concert at the Appell Center for Performing Arts at 50 North George Street in York-For this weekend, the YSO looks to two composers who were National Heroes in their homelands—Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia and Jean Sibelius in Finland. Additionally, our concert commemorates the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a piece using Robert Kennedy’s speech in the wake of MLK’s tragic assassination.  Please read and honor the open dress rehearsal rules & guidelines.

tutonisToast to the Arts Special: Extend your event experience at Tutonis and benefit York’s creative community! Mention the Cultural Alliance when dining at Tutonis on January 19th, and 10% of your table sales will be donated to the 2019 campaign! For reservations and menu, visit


January 19th, 10am-2pm: “10th Annual York County History Center’s Family Day: Passport Around The World!” at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum at 217 West Princess Street in York- Take a trip around the globe at the York County History Center’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum! Be part of the interactive experience for families full of music, dance, and crafts, and tastes representing the diverse heritage of York’s history makers. Explore cultures of the world through the hands-on activities and demonstrations throughout the museum at your own pace. Special performances are scheduled throughout the day.  No RSVP required, all are welcome.


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