YorkArts Art in the Park Fundraiser
The YorkArts 2014 Art in Residence event will help to raise funds for the Art in the Parks Program. Art in the Parks is a summer program that provides free art supplies to youth in several York City parks, giving kids in the city an introduction to art. (YorkArts)

Art and altruism come together as YorkArts hosts its one-night celebration of art collecting at the 2014 Art in Residence event Saturday.

The annual fundraiser benefits YorkArts' Art in the Parks program for York City youth. The program - now in its 21st year, according to YorkArts executive director Kevin Lenkner - is a free art program held at various York City parks and housing communities. The staff provides children ages 6-16 free art supplies, Lenkner said, and gives them the opportunity to be creative.

"It's a great way to spread art throughout the community," Lenkner said. "This is a way to share the love of art, and to see it grow in kids."

Introducing kids to art: Without the support of YorkArts' members, and funds from the Art in Residence event, Lenkner said the program would not be able to provide quality art supplies and a staff for the program. This year, YorkArts has set a goal to raise money to reach at least 100 new students from the Art in Residence event.

The night is also an opportunity for York County art collectors to showcase some of their prized works, Lenkner said. Collectors lend a favorite piece of art for the one-night showcase, held at the BonTon Corporate Offices, in Springettsbury Township.

The industrial space is transformed into an art gallery for the evening, where works from more than 30 York County art collectors will be showcased.

"Collectors are very passionate about art," Lenkner said. "Often, they're as passionate about collecting as artists are about making art."

Spotlight on collectors: The event, he said, provides collectors the opportunity to share their passion, without having "110 plus people going through their home."

New this year, an art fair featuring works from local galleries has been added to the event. Lenkner said the addition is a way for York galleries - such as Studio Gallery 234, The Parliament and HIVE artspace - to reach an audience that may not otherwise be able to visit their collections.

"People attending the event can now start their own collection, and share that love," he said. "No one is here to buy art for investment -it's because they love the pieces they're buying. It has to really sing to them."

Black & White: The "Black & White" theme of the evening invites guests to dress accordingly, and let the art provide the color. Ken Bruggeman Photography will be taking photographs throughout the evening, and guests can enter the night's raffle to win a photo shoot package with Bruggeman.

Lenkner said YorkArts reached out to other local businesses to support York County cultural experiences when putting together packages for the evening's silent and live auctions. Some of the items available include a behind-the-scenes tour at the National Watch and Clock Museum, a special tour from the York County Heritage Trust, and a dinner for four from Artistic Foods Catering, who will also be providing the menu for the evening.

Tickets are available in advance, or at the door, and include food, wine and beer. President of York City Council Carol Hill-Evans will serve strawberries and Champagne to help raise money for YorkArts' summer programs throughout the evening.

"It's a celebration of art," Lenkner said.

Support the arts

The YorkArts 2014 Art in Residence will showcase the prized works from more than 30 York County collectors from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the BonTon Corporate Offices, 2801 E. Market St., Springettsbury Township.

This "Black & White" themed fundraising event will benefit YorkArts' Art in the Parks program for York City youth.

Tickets: $70. Information: 717-848-3200 or www.yorkarts.org.