Cultural Alliance Announces New Director of Communications and Engagement
York, PA – The Cultural Alliance of York County has hired Rita Whitney as the new Director of Communications and Community Engagement. In this role, beginning March 4, 2019, Rita is responsible for creating and maintaining the connection of the Cultural Alliance to the artists and organizations it serves through all sources of communication.
Rita Whitney comes to the Cultural Alliance with a diverse background in serving the arts community of York over the last 10 years. Prior to stepping into this position she split her time as owner/operator of Prime Art Supply, an art supply store with a mission to provide access to the arts at all levels, and as a teaching artist with the Cultural Alliance Arts in Education program.
Rita is a Fine Arts graduate of York College of Pennsylvania (2010), and was the recipient of the first Appell Arts Fellowship in 2012, which solidified her love of, and commitment to York and its thriving artist community. In addition to all of her time spent as a fine artist/painter, Rita brings along 8 years of non-profit experience as a founding board member of both The Parliament Arts Organization and the Mt. Gretna School of Art, as well as a Program Committee member for Creative York. She has worked with a wide number of organizations to provide opportunities to artists and bring public art projects to life including: Bring On Play, Inclusive Arts Movement, Artists University, The York City Bureau of Health, Parkway Housing Community, the Girl Scouts of America, and Bell Socialization.
“We are thrilled to bring Rita’s expertise in community building and communications to the Cultural Alliance,” stated Cultural Alliance President Kelley Gibson. “As we look pivot the Cultural Alliance to serve our growing arts community, Rita will be key to reaching out to artists and organizations as well as informing the public of our work.”
In addition to her work in the arts, Rita is also a 500hrRYT Yoga instructor at House of Yoga in downtown York, and works closely with Create Karma, a wellness and leadership training organization in Lancaster. She lives in West York with her husband, Whit and their daughter Isabella.
Founded as a United Arts Fund in 1999, the Cultural Alliance’s annual campaign supports partner agencies that are essential to arts and culture in our community and funds projects that bring arts and culture to life in York County. Since its inception, the Cultural Alliance’s annual campaign has enabled $10.4 million in cash grants and more than $2 million in-kind support for the arts.
For more information, call the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255, visit our website at www.culturalyork.org, visit the Cultural Alliance of York on Facebook, and follow @CulturalYork on Twitter.