As schools all over the nation turned to virtual and hybrid models of learning, keeping students engaged through arts education became crucial.  Our talented team of teaching artists have spent this year replanning their lessons, learning new technologies, and engaging with students in ways they had never imagined.

“Educators & Artists have always been on the forefront of creative problem solving and the Cultural Alliance’s teaching arts are no exception. Although our opportunities to engage are fewer & may look dramatically different in 2020-2021, our Arts In Education program has adapted, and we are pioneering new ways to serve our communities’ ever changing needs.”

Regional Arts in Education Director, Justin Ayala

A rostered Cultural Alliance teaching artist since 2009, Jason Reed is no stranger to quick thinking, big ideas, and keeping students focused and engaged regardless of the circumstances.  Last school year alone, Jason taught residencies at 5 different schools across our 4 County region and worked with over 3,000 students from Kindergarten to 12th Grade, in addition to running his own multi-faceted dance academy, Reach!.  An entrepreneur and dancer trained at The Julliard School, Jason engages his students through his enthusiasm and creativity. Watch as Jason explains more about the effectiveness and value of arts education.


While we don’t know what the future is going to bring to our world, 2020 was proof that the foundation we have been laying for the past 20 years has put us on the right track towards serving our mission and our community even in the light of a crisis.  It is with the continued support from our donors and sponsors that we will be able to continue to power the arts and cultural experiences we have come to know as synonymous with York County.


Special thanks to those whose work and wisdom have guided the Cultural Alliance to where it is today:

Cultural Alliance Board of Directors
William Yanavitch, II, Chair
Anthony P. Campisi, Past Chair
Jared Bean, Chair-Elect/Campaign Co-Chair
Erin McGlaughlin, Treasurer
Suzanne Becker, Secretary
Jim Fowler, Campaign Co-Chair

Board Members
Aaron Bowers
Ophelia Chambliss
Thais Carrero
Dominic DelliCarpini
Vicki Karandrikas
Loren Kroh
Fran Polk
Bryan Tate
Giana Van Nice

Directors Emeritus
Jody Appell
Jeffrey Byers
Arthur J. Glatfelter
Anne Kinsley
Robert Pullo
William H. Simpson
Thomas Wolf
Morton F. Zifferer Jr.

Cultural Alliance Staff
Kelley Gibson, President
Rita Whitney, Director of Communications & Engagement
Jennifer Glassmyer, Campaign Director
Justin Ayala, Artis in Education Regional Director

Former Cultural Alliance President
MaryAnne Winkelman
Joanne Riley

Former StARTSomething Arts In Education Regional Director
Gayle Cluck

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