In support of all York County arts attractions, the ‘Raise the Curtain’ campaign will highlight all of the upcoming concerts, festivals, and arts experiences we have been missing while ensuring audiences maintain their personal level of comfort and safety.

Find an event that inspires you anytime at www.york365.com OR scroll down for a list of free, featured events happening from February 14-19th, 2022 as we kick-off the 2022 Cultural Alliance Annual Campaign.

Are you an organization looking to get involved in our Raise the Curtain Campaign? Utilize our campaign toolkit, and be sure to list your upcoming events on www.york365.com.

Read the Press Release

Check out www.york365.com and see what inspires you!

Monday, February 14th
Celebrate Black History Month

with a virtual presentation by Union Lutheran Church and Weary Arts Group
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.
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.

The video event will be streamed on the Union Lutheran and Cultural Alliance Facebook pages

No RSVP required, all are welcome.

Tuesday, February 15th
7:00 pm
Online via Zoom with host, Rita Whitney

The Cultural Alliance will partner with York Story Slam to present their February 15 virtual story slam. 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.

All are welcome. There is no charge to attend, but you must register in advance to receive the link to watch.Click here to register to be in the audience.

Want to tell a story?York Story Slam is also looking for storytellers. We want to hear your stories of one-night stands, hangovers, regrets, and seeing things in a different light the morning after. However you interpret this month’s theme, we look forward to hearing your true stories. If you wish to share a story, you must sign up in advance. Please visit yorkstoryslam.com for storyteller registration info.

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

Thursday, February 17th, all day

World Art Drop York
Join artists and art lovers across York County in an Art Drop to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

An Art Drop is an event that encourages artists – whether professional or hobbyist – to create and drop a piece of art somewhere out in the world for people to find as a random act of kindness. You can provide clues on social media to help people find it (like an Easter egg hunt, but with ART!) The finder gets to keep the art to cheer their day.

The finder is encouraged to post a photo of their find on social media using the hashtags:

Participants are encouraged join the “World Art Drop: York” FB group to share the art you will be dropping, ask questions, and share clues and art finds!
There will be pieces to find all around York County!

Download directions to make and drop art: RAK Day Art Drop Instuctions PDF.

Download instructions to include with your dropped art here: RAK Art Drop FREE ART Insert PDF
If you need supplies to participate, you can pick up a kit at Hive Artspace (126 E King St) from 12-4pm on Sat Feb 5, Sun Feb 6, Sat Feb 12, Sun Feb 13; and at I-ron-ic . Supplies are limited, one kit per person, please.
Kits include:
-4×4″ stretched canvas
-2 paint brushes
-6 colors of acrylic paint
-instructions for dropping art
-flyer to include with dropped art
-weather-resistant ziplock bag for dropping art.

Open to all, no registration necessary.  Kits available as supplies last!

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, February 17st 
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 and shops in Royal Square, open for a special gallery crawl. See full details about the galleries and shops that will be open for the special event here. Hive Artspace, Kings Courtyard, Venture, OMG Studios, Bare Scentz, The Parliament Arts Organization, The Dark Parlour and of course Aviano’s and The Cantina will all be open.

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).

Thursday, February 17th
Meet the Artist at Creative York

Meet Matt Lambros, architectural photographer and author, whose work is currently on display in the Kerlin Gallery! On Thursday, February 17, guests will have the opportunity to view Matt’s exhibit, “The Rise, Fall, and Return of the American Movie Palace” one last time. During this event, Matt will be available for conversation and questions. Prints and signed copies of his books will also be available for purchase.

Following our event, Matt will be speaking at the Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 17th 
Beginner Salsa Dancing ClassGreater York Dance, 3524 E. Market Street, York, PA 17402
(Parking in rear of building)

Join World Champion Salsa dancer Luis Santiago for a free beginner Salsa class at Greater York Dance! A part of the Cultural Alliance initiative to “Raise the Curtain” on arts and cultural experiences, this class will be free and open to the public, a perfect date-night for Valentines Day. Luis is a World Champion Salsa dancer and he has moved to York to teach! He has a studio at Greater York Dance and looks forward to bringing the best of Latin Dance to our community.

Registration is required for this event, reserve your spot here.

Saturday, February 19th
Family Day with the York County History Center
“Made in York”
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 there will also be hands on activities to learn about the history and science behind those objects.

Hands-on Activities Include:
Flavor Lab: In the snack food capital of the world, create your own flavor of potato chip.
Homopolar Motor:  Learn to make a simple electricity powered motor.
Pendulum Painting:  Learn about patterns of motion while creating art.
Pfaltzgraff Pottery: Paint a ceramic coaster with a Pfaltzgraff pattern.

Especially for Little Ones:
Learn about simple machines while playing with our gear wall.
Sort vegetables by color at the farmers market.
Learn how Stauffer’s cut out many cookies at once using playdough.

And much more…
Check our website for additional information on activities and performances.
Masks must be worn inside the Agricultural and Industrial Museum during this event

Full list of Family Day events and register for an arrival time here.

Saturday, February 19th
Dvorak’s New World Open Dress Rehearsal
presented by the York Symphony Orchestra
Appell Center for the Performing Arts

The York Symphony Orchestra presents the Dvorak’s New World concert with in-person theatre seats and digital access options. Dvorak created his New World symphony to honor America’s musical roots in black spirituals and to challenge popular styles of that era. Premiered in 1943, Duke Ellington orchestrated his Black, Brown & Beige Suite in honor of African American history in 3 movements: slavery, emancipation, and contemporary history. Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Billy Ray Hunter Jr. performs the popular showpiece, Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto.

DUKE ELLINGTON Black, Brown & Beige Suite
ALEXANDER ARUTIUNIAN Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 “New World”

This event is free and open to the public. Please read the Appell Center’s safety guidelines here as well as the Open Dress Rehearsal protocol here.

Saturday, February 19th
Trumpet Masterclass
presented by the York Symphony Orchestra
Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Come watch the YSO’s world-renowned guest artists directly teach their skills to some
of York’s brightest and most talented young student musicians. If you are interested in
performing, please contact info@yorksymphony.org.

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 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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