The Cultural Alliance of York County will kick-off our 2023 Annual Campaign in January with a collection of free events for our community!

The Cultural Alliance Annual Campaign supports organizations across York County who work hard every day to provide life-enriching experiences to our community. Contributions to the annual campaign are allocated to our 8 Mission Partners, a yearly selection of Impact Partners, Creative Entrepreneurs and high-level education experiences, all here in York County. 

Join us at any of the free events below and find out more about how the Cultural Alliance supports a more enriching life for all York County residents!

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Free Campaign Kickoff Events

Monday, January 16
Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Presented by Union Lutheran
MLK Day Celebration, Mon. Jan. 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Auditorium


In partnership with the York Cultural Alliance, Weary Arts Group, the Movement, the York NAACP, the Black Swan Ballet Company, and other community leaders, join us for an evening to celebrate and reflect upon the vision and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  While we reflect on his legacy, we will hear and experience legacies and creators being created now.

Join us as we not only take a look back, but how we look forward in the ever important work of justice and equity today.

We will be joined by Musicians, Dancers, Historians, Community Leaders, and more.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

This event is free, family friendly, and open to the public. A small parking lot is available behind the church and street parking is free. Enter through the doors off the parking lot or our Penn St. entrance.

No RSVP required, all are welcome.

Tuesday, January 17th-SOLD OUT
7:00 pm
York Story Slam
Archetype Pizza, Downtown York with host Rita Whitney

The Cultural Alliance will partner with York Story Slam to present their first Story Slam of 2023! York Story Slam is a monthly gathering where eight people share TRUE stories based on that month’s theme. At the end of the evening, the audience votes for their favorite storyteller. As a part of the Cultural Alliance Campaign Kickoff, this event will be FREE to attend, however, seating is limited and is currently SOLD OUT.  Check HERE to see if seats have become available!

Thursday, January 19th AND 26th, 7-8pm
SHiNE Dance Fitness TM Class
Greater York Dance

SHiNE Dance FitnessTM is a place to be free! Suitable for beginners and experienced dancers alike, SHiNE is a full-body cardio + toning workout based in traditional jazz, ballet, and hip hop. Get ready to sweat, smile, shimmy, and shake your worries away, because this class is your new happy place!  Ages 18 and up.
Register for free a by creating an account at https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/gydance

Friday, January 20th, 6:30-8pm
“I Do, I Do!” Photo Exhibition Gallery Opening
DreamWrights Center for Community Arts, 100 Carlisle Ave. 

Join DreamWrights Center for Community Arts as they kick off their 2023 Season with the opening of the “I Do, I Do, I Do!!! Photography Exhibit” featuring wedding and engagement photo by four local studios: Anya Lydia Peters (A. Mullen Photography), Emily Golihew (EG Photo Studio), Bryan and Laikyn Pelky (A Life Built for Two), and Brittany Bear (Brittany Bear Photography).  Enjoy a taste of wine and cheese as you peruse the curated art gallery, mix and mingle with others, and catch a sneak peak of the upcoming Studio Production “Boeing Boeing”, currently in rehearsal.

No RSVP required, all are welcome to attend. Come anytime, the sneak peek will begin at 7 pm. 

Friday, January 20th, 6-8pm
“Try It: Animal Painting” with Nicole Osborne
Creative York

Learn how to paint by using a unique, live animal model in this step-by-step workshop! Students will learn elements of shape, color, and design in this introductory class. Students will have a unique finished painting at the end of this workshop. No experience required! This workshop is designed for students 15 and older.

This event is FREE but seating is very limited. Register Here!

Saturday January 21 at 3:30pm and Sunday, January 22, 3:00pm
Free CapFilm Screening of “TILL”
Appell Center for the Performing Arts Capitol Theatre

Till is a profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14 year old son, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was brutally lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to action, we see the universal power of a mother’s ability to change the world. 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Both screenings are free to the public, with thanks to the YoCo Arts & Culture Pass.  No registration Required.

Sunday, January 22th, 2-4pm
“Works on Paper” Exhibit Opening
York Art Association

The York Art Association is kicking off the 2023 gallery season with a first exhibit featuring art works done on paper which will run from January 22 through March 5, 2023. 

This event is FREE and open to all! No registration Required


Thursday, January 26th, 6-8pm
“Emerging Visions” & “Current Color: A Year on the River” Exhibit Opening
Creative York Galleries, Downtown York

“Emerging Visions: Undergraduate Art Showcase” features a variety of works created by college students from around the region. “Current Color – A Year on the River,” curated by Diana Thomas, features small paintings from the beautiful Susquehanna River. 
Come get a first look at these new art exhibits.!

This event is FREE and open to all! No registration Required


Thursday, January 26th, 7-9pm
Drag Bingo
Archetype Pizza, Downtown York

Join a group of incredible performers at Drag Bingo and win a number of different prizes!

This event is FREE and open to all! No registration Required, but click here to rsvp and invite on Facebook

Saturday, January 28th 
Open Dress Rehearsal with York Youth Symphony Orchestra

William Penn Senior High School (enter through doors on College Ave across from Penn Park)

No registration required.

Saturday, January 28th
Family Day with the York County History Center
Agricultural and Industrial Museum

Join us for a day of family fun and learning!  The Agricultural and Industrial Museum is already full of things made in York, but during Family Day the museum explores the superhero York County inventors and innovators!

Learn together through activities, and art!
Hands-on Activities Include:
Test Your Strength
Gain Your SuperPowers
Parachutes onto a Bullseye
“More Powerful than a Locomotive”
Stop the Dam, Save the Town
Power of Healthy Eating
Create your own comic strip
Superhero Story Time
Test Your Super Senses
Agility Obstacle Course

Family Day is free and open to all, no reservation required

Outdoor Walking Tours for Anytime!

Take a Walking Tour of the Royal Square Murals
Through a collaboration between The Parliament Arts Organization, Sprocket Mural Works and local artists, Royal Square has become a destination for its murals that grace the walls of York City’s old buildings. Keep scrolling for a self guided tour and to learn more about each piece.

Recommended route: start in the Royal Square Courtyard behind The Cantina and walk through to S. Howard Street, round the corner on Newton Ave., then circle around to Collusion Tapworks.

Get a map for a self-guided tour here.

Take a Virtual or Walking Tour of York’s Historic Murals

To ensure the preservation of the artisanship and historic significance of the Murals of York, the organization has created this digital profile and guided walking tour that history and art enthusiasts can enjoy for many years to come.

Take the Virtual Tour, or get a map here

Additional Public Art: George St. Sculptures, Penn Street Art Bridge, and murals by artist Ophelia Chambliss

Take a stroll through downtown York and you’ll come across some interesting street architecture.  Public art has evolved over the past few years from the story-telling murals and bronze war memorials to second-glance-inducing trash cans and larger-than-life, yellow, metal cats.

These pieces tell our story. They speak to our heritage. They’re crafted out of the components that made up the equipment that defined York as an innovative and industrial manufacturing center.  And they point to our future.  Innovation, design, and creativity in downtown, throughout our city, and throughout our county.    Creativity….unleashed right here in York.

Maps and information on much of Downtown York’s public art

Download a Public Art Map

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