A bright light during the challenges of 2020, the new Artist Innovator Award recognizes and rewards the excellence within the York County arts community. The Arts and Culture sector of York County is a vital aspect of both our cultural diversity, and our economy, and we seek to raise the visibility of our local artists with an annual $10,000 Artist Innovator Award. More than 75 artists were considered for the inaugural prize, narrowed down to 7 finalists by a cohort of peer reviewers.
Literary Arts – Carol Clark Williams
Music – Thaddeus Shaw
Music – Ambitious Caban
Visual Arts – Ophelia Chambliss
Visual Arts – Abigail Crone
Performing Arts – Krystal Younglove
Video/Film – Miles Murdaugh
Three multidisciplinary artists from around the country chose a single winner from our finalists, and the first-ever Artist Innovator Award was presented to Ambitious Caban (Ana Mercado), an independent artist. In addition to being a musician, she’s an entrepreneur, owner of Royal Court Barber Lounge and founder of the annual “back to school giveathon” creative director and community leader. Her discography includes 2 eps, “Made for this” released in 2018, produced by Ralph Real Productions and “La Barbera” released in 2019 also produced by Ralph real productions in collaboration with Studio 77 in Lancaster, PA.
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