Join the York County Cultural Alliance for a variety of free arts and cultural events in February!


Through the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen the resiliency and necessity of the arts.
This February we invite you to return to the cultural experiences we have been missing as we “Raise the Curtain” on Arts and Culture in York County!

Similar to our past years CelebrateArts week, “Raise the Curtain” will create opportunities for York Countians to attend arts and culture events free of charge, see a list below for our list of free, featured events happening from February 14-19th, 2022.  


Check out and see what inspires you!




Tuesday: Story Slam (virtual)
Wednesday: I’m Fine mask making workshop at Creative York
Thursday: Royal Square District Art Crawl including Celebrity Guest bartender Kelley Gibson at Avianos.  Also, Art Drop York for world kindness day, encouraging people to make small art pieces and hide them around the county for others to find
Friday: Salsa Dancing Class at Greater York Dance in East York
Saturday: Family Day at the agricultural Museum

Monday, February 14th
Celebrate Black History Month
with a virtual presentation by Union Lutheran Church and Weary Arts Group

Union Lutheran is excited to join forces with The Parliament, Black Swan Ballet Company, YorkXL, and The Movement to present an evening of learning, community, history, music, dance, and visual art in celebration of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Black History Month
This encouraging evening of special guests and performance inspired by the words of Dr. King lifts up the many gifts and talents of York County’s African-American leaders as we visit historical sites and hear words of inspiration from mentors, educators, and community-builders.
Hosted by York’s first African-American Poet Laureate, Carla Christopher, special guests include: Ralph Real, Logik Lee of Studio 117, Warkenda Williams-Casey of Black Swan Ballet Co., Ophelia Chambliss, Conscious aka “Uncle Proc”, Scarlet Rose the Singer, Kayode Malomo, and many more.
This event is free and open to the public. This year, we present our beloved annual MLK Celebration in an online format so that it can be safely accessible to all. May the legacy of teaching, speaking, and acting for the inspiration of others carry on my countless more generations.

Youtube link to the event will be posted one week prior to the premier, which will also be streamed on Facebook Live on the Union Lutheran and Cultural Alliance Pages

No RSVP required, all are welcome.


Tuesday, February 15th
7:00 pm
York Story Slam: FRESH START
Online via Zoom with host, Rita Whitney

The Cultural Alliance will partner with York Story Slam to provide a community storytelling event online via Zoom every 3rd Tuesday. Ten willing community members volunteer to share a true story based on the theme, FRESH START, with one emerging as the Story Slam winner for that month. Space for the online event is unlimited, but if you’d like to tell a story you must sign up in advance!

No RSVP required, all are welcome.
Click here for the Facebook Event and Zoom link to tune in.


Wednesday, January 20th 
Mixed Media Vision Journaling Class hosted by Creative York

Online via Zoom

This class includes an intro to vision boarding using a journal, time to jot down your wants, needs and goals for 2021, and time to play! This is not about resolutions or holding you to your word, it’s about a vision of your life, getting it out of your head and onto paper while having fun. 

You will be writing, cutting and gluing a collage spread covering at least two pages (a second spread will be done if there is time). There will be examples for you to look at and help along the way, with time for sharing. This class is great for people who normally use traditional vision boards, people who like to journal, people who may have a day planner obsession that includes color-coding and stickers, and artists! 

Students join the classroom via Zoom. Students should provide their own supplies. Required supplies are a blank journal no smaller than 5.5” x 7”, a glue stick or double stick tape, and a variety of mixed media supplies (examples include colored pencils, gel pens, stickers, brush markers, scrap booking paper, magazines, photos, printed images from the internet, ribbon, and more – basically, bring your favorite art and craft supplies).  

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited,

To register email Creative York at or call 717-848-3200.


Thursday, February 17th
5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Celebrity Guest Bartender: Kelley Gibson
Avianos, 101 S Duke St., York, PA 17401

Cultural Alliance President, Kelley Gibson will be behind the bar serving drinks as a part of Aviano’s Celebrity Bartending series! Proceeds from our specialty cocktail as well as all tips will benefit the Cultural Alliance 2022 Annual Campaign working to Raise the Curtain on arts and culture in York County. 

No RSVP required.

Thursday, January 21st 
Royal Square Gallery Crawl
5:00-8:00 PM
Royal Square District

Once you’ve grabbed a cocktail to support the Cultural Alliance at Avianos, take a walk down King St. and enjoy the art galleries in Royal Square, open for a special gallery crawl.  The Parliament Arts Organization, Kings Courtyard Artist Collective, Hive Artspace and Venture will all be open for the evening. 

Special at Hive Artspace, view the collection of York Artbooks, individual sketchbooks created by over 20 artists, and even make your own mini sketchbook with artist Kate Rush.  Artists who would like to participate in the York Artbook Collective can also pick up their own sketchbook to be a part of the project for free (while supplies last).



Friday, February 18th 
Beginner Salsa Dancing Class

Greater York Dance

Join visiting dance instructor Luis in a salsa dance lesson for beginners!


Registration is required for this event, sign up here.


Saturday, January 23rd
Family Day with the York County History Center
“Who is Your Hero?”
Agricultural and Industrial Museum

Heroes don’t always wear capes.  They can be anyone who helps in our families or communities: family members who help take care of us, friends that cheer us up, teachers, nurses, librarians, sanitation workers, mail carriers, the list goes on and on.  Find a hero and join us for some online programming celebrating our heroes.

Family Day Events:

  • Story time with Martin Library
  • Virtual Tour of the Agricultural and Industrial Museum
  • Learn how to interview your hero with Nicole Smith from our Library and Archives
  • Crafts you can do at home.  With craft kits available for free!

Full list of Family Day events and information here
No RSVP required, all are welcome.



IN PERSON Exhibit at Hanover Area Arts Guild:
“Art by Guild Members” 
January Hours
Tuesday through Friday:
Noon — 5:00
Saturday: 10 AM — 3 PM
Closed Sunday and Monday
32 Carlisle Street, Hanover, PA 17331

Works by the Hanover Area Arts Guild member artists will be on display in a wide range of styles and mediums. Admission to the Guild is always at no cost.


IN PERSON Exhibit at York Art Association:
“2020 What a Year!” Members Exhibit

Exhibit will be open Monday, January 18th-Friday, February 12, 2021
Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm
Closed Weekends

Artists will express the impact of an unprecedented time in our history with displays of creativity in any style or genre of art. Help us reopen our galleries and start 2021 on a positive note by experiencing a wonderful, expressive exhibit!  

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no opening reception and all Covid protocols must be followed while visiting the gallery. 


Virtual Visit of DreamWrights Center for Community Arts

DreamWrights All Access.

DreamWrights offers you a virtual visit at your convenience during this celebratory week. Learn about some of our creative arts opportunities right here, no matter your age!

Behind the Scenes!  What you might not know about DreamWrights.

Check out these three videos and learn more about what goes on in this big yellow building. Get inspired, get involved, and get creative with us. We are always looking for partnerships and collaborations as we create connections and community through art!

The Making of a Fairy Tale
See some of the magic that goes into creating Beauty and the Beast in this video. You will get a glimpse of the vast resources available here at DreamWrights that inspire our desire to create just about anything. Visit our YouTube page and watch all 19 of our Fairy Tales created throughout the pandemic. And check out our Dream & Do tutorials with Dougie Webster to learn how you can create your own video!

Dreamer’s Spotlight
Utilizing our newly created Sound Cave Recording Studio, this project elevates and showcases the talent of local musician, Alex Warner. After gracing our outdoor BYO Mic Night stage, Alex returns to share his love for music with his freestyling guitar work. Alex’ creativity shines brightly from his solo time in the studio to a jam session with seasoned local musicians on the main stage. Through innovations such as our Sound Cave, we have expanded our capabilities to safely create together while providing a platform to spotlight and celebrate local talent such as Alex with a professional recording. 

Behind the Eats and Beats

With an eye toward collaboration, we had the honor of working with local musicians and restauranteurs to create the video component of this local fundraiser that supports restaurants in our town. Check out what went into these interviews and recording sessions and then give back to your local dining scene by tuning in for the full benefit concert along with your Eats and Beats in-home dinner on January 21.

Check out DreamWrights All Access for access to their CelebrateARTS! content!

York Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert Dress Rehearsal


Walking Art Tours

FestiveICE, January 13-19th
This year, FestivICE expands their ice sculpture trail to include over 40 sculptures!  In addition to the ones in downtown York and along the Heritage Rail Trail County Park, four sculptures will be featured in each of the following rail trail towns: Seven Valleys, Glen Rock, Railroad and New Freedom.  Thanks to the Trail Towns Initiative and presenting sponsor, York Traditions Bank.


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 Yorks 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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