Join us for a free community cultural celebration January 13-20!
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 2018 annual campaign, 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. Also, check out our Toast to the Arts! food and drink specials that benefit the Cultural Alliance Campaign listed next to each event. Come out and CelebrateARTS! with us!

Event schedule from January 13-20, 2018 to include:

silent disco graphicJanuary 13th, 7:30pm: Silent Disco & Performance by Greater York Dance at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts Studio- We’re kicking off CelebrateARTS with the first-ever silent disco in York! 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!


yaaJanuary 14th, 2pm: Three Generations of Creativity at York Art Association-Well-known York artists Gloria Oldenburg, Carol Oldenburg, and Kara Oldenburg-Gonzales will be featured in a three-generation exhibition in the York Art Association Nancy Woodward Gallery at 221 South Marshall Street in East York. Join us for the opening reception of this all-female, all-family show from 2pm-4pm on Sunday, January 14th. All are welcome; no RSVP required.



January 15th, 6pm-8pm: MLK Day Celebration at Union Lutheran Church at 408 West Market Street in York-Gusa by Victoria, the Cultural Alliance of York County, Community Arts Ink and Union Lutheran invite you to join them in celebrating the life and work the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Featuring displays of fine art, songs of resistance and triumph, hands-on children’s crafts and games, powerful spoken-word performance, and soul cuisine by local restaurants, you will also hear the words of Dr. King through the voices of some of York’s most dynamic and passionate community leaders as they reflect on the meaning and inspiration of Dr. King’s work and it’s continued necessity in our daily lives.  No RSVP required, all are welcome.



January 16th, 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 2018 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. January’s theme will be “Celebration,” in honor of CelebrateARTS!” 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. EVENT SOLD OUT-click here for information on attending other 2018 Story Slam events.


sherlock-jr-onlyJanuary 17th, 6pm: Silent Film & Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Demonstration at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts at 50 North George Street- Join the Appell Center in the Capitol Theater for a family-friendly screening of a silent film accompanied by music played live from the mighty Wurlitzer organ!  Take a hilarious trip to the past and marvel at the live musical performance by Mr. Don Kinnier, known as the “premier silent film accompanist in the northeastern United States.

Event will begin with about 10-15 minutes of organ demonstration by Don. Don will present all the bells and whistles of the organ! Following the demo, Don will accompany “Sherlock Junior,” a 1924 classic by Buster Keaton.

No RSVP required, all are welcome. Doors open at 5:30pm. First 50 attendees receive a ‘Sherlock Jr’ detective kit!


January 18th, 6pm-8pm: Screaming Mandrake Workshop for Adults at Creative York, 10 North Beaver Street-JJoin other Harry Potter fans as we recreate one of our favorite magical beings — the screaming mandrake root. We will sculpt our own mandrakes in clay using a simple building technique. No ear muffs required! EVENT SOLD OUTclick here to learn more about Creative York’s upcoming pottery classes!



January 19th, 4:30pm-5:30pm: Free Hip Hop Dance Class at Greater York Dance, 3524 East Market Street in York- Join Greater York Dance and get your groove on with a free Hip Hop Dance class for children ages 8+! No sign-up, just come out and dance with us! Our free dance classes are a great way to get bodies moving in the cold days of winter. Only 30 spots available: Register now!



January 20th, 10am-1pm: Free Dress Rehearsal Performance with the York Symphony Orchestra of their “When In Rome” concert at the Appell Center for Performing Arts at 50 North George Street in York- Take a trip to Rome without leaving York! Enjoy an open dress rehearsal from 10am-1pm of the “When In Rome” classical concert performance happening at 7:30pm on Saturday January 20th at 7:30pm. Featuring the award-winning Italian pianist, Roberto Plano.  Please read and honor the open dress rehearsal rules & guidelines.

tutonisToast to the Arts Special: Extend your “When in Rome” experience at Tutonis and benefit York’s creative community! Mention the Cultural Alliance when dining at Tutonis on January 20th, and 10% of your table sales will be donated to the 2018 campaign! For reservations and menu, visit




January 20th, 10am-2pm: “Magic at the Museum” Harry Potter-themed Family Day at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum at 217 West Princess Street in York- The magic of Harry Potter comes together with science and technology at this magic-themed family day with the York County History Center! Take a turn at our sorting hat, participate in our magical hands-on activities, learn the Patronus charm from Professor Lupin, rub elbows with costumed characters, pose in our Azkaban photo booth, and get your own mini marauder’s map to get stamped at each station for a chance to receive your official acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Click here for full list of activities and times.

No RSVP required, all muggles and magicians are welcome.

KingBratLogoOptions-11Toast to the Arts Pop-up: King Brat will be popping up at the Agricultural Museum During Magic at the Museum & have an all Hogwarts-themed family lunch menu for hungry muggles & magicians!  A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Cultural Alliance 2018 campaign!


FB_IMG_1495061315138Toast to the Arts Pop-up: Memory Lane Sweets will be creating our own Honeydukes Candy Shop right inside the Agricultural Museum for Magic at the Museum Family Day! Enjoy their play on magical treats straight out of the Harry Potter stories!  A portion of proceeds from all on-site candy sales will be donated to the Cultural Alliance 2018 campaign!  Learn more about all of the nostalgic candy offerings and visit their South Beaver Street location at


TasteTestToast to the Arts Special: Stop at Taste Test York for a Butter Beer Latte or Butter Beer Steamer and all proceeds will be donated to the 2018 campaign! For directions and menu, visit


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With Generous Support Provided By:

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