As federal and state relief funds were distributed into the community, it was clear that the arts were at risk of being left behind.  With our advocacy, and in collaboration with the York County Commissioners, York County CARES Act funding was directly distributed to our partners. Thanks to the success of our fundraising in 2019 and the leadership of our staff and board, the Cultural Alliance was able to jump into action quickly to fill these gaps in funding, and provide a network of support to partner organizations.

To learn more about the CARES Act Funding, read the below YDR article:

The Spotted-Elk Collective Dance Company consists of Champion Native American Plains Style of Dancers and Singers. They have traveled extensively, winning awards and prizes at pow-wows throughout the United States and Canada dancing, singing, and sharing their culture with others. The Spotted Elk Dance Company dances to honor their family, past, present and future and are striving to keep their traditions and culture alive.

With a mission to educate and inspire through song and dance, as well as bridge cultural gaps, they joined our Arts in Education teaching artist roster in 2020 to bring their knowledge and history into schools. Upper Adams School District, as part of our PCA Arts in Education partnership, hosted three members of the Spotted Elk Collective during a residency focused on Indigenous and Native Peoples.  Students from three schools received hands-on experience with storytelling, folklore, visual art and dance, as they learned the importance of these customs to indigenous tribes in North and South America. Culminating in community celebration with over 1500 parents, teachers and guests, students were able to relate to a broader idea of ‘resiliency’; experiencing for themselves how the arts help to keep entire cultures alive and connected over generations.

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