A nationally known artist and a new concert series are two arts initiatives coming to York City this year thanks in part to funding from the Cultural Alliance of York County.
Five new projects were announced during the alliance's annual fundraising campaign, held at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center on Wednesday. The projects received grants totalling $110,000.
Part of that money, $10,000, went to York College to bring artist Wayne White to Marketview Arts, 37 W. Philadelphia St., where he will join local residents to create an interactive art display, said Matthew Clay-Robison, the college's art gallery director.
The display is yet to be conceived, Clay-Robison said, but White was in York City recently and developed some ideas.
"Each time he goes to a location, he does something specific to that community," Clay-Robison said. "It's going to reflect his impression of York and Pennsylvania."
White lightning: White gained notoriety as a set and puppet designer for "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and, of late, became known for such art exhibits as "Cubist Cowboy Rodeo" and "Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep," a tribute to the late country musician George Jones, at Houston's Rice University.
He's expected to arrive in York in early March and will work here until April. In that time, he, along with the volunteers, will create the work of art, Clay-Robison said.
The display is expected to be unveiled during First Friday festivities in April.
"We really want this to be a fun thing for the community," he said. "I think it's going to be exciting no matter what."
Funding: The alliance received grant applications for double the amount it ended up giving out, said Dave Kennedy, an alliance board member.
Downtown Inc received $75,000 to start Second Saturdays, a series of arts and entertainment events to held in York City's Continental Square starting in May, said Sonia Huntzinger, its executive director.
The monthly events will include live music, spoken word performances and art exhibits.
"Picture a buzz of activity on each corner," she said.
Concerts: Kable House Presents received a $10,000 grant to hold concerts at Central Market, 34 W, Philadelphia St. in York City.
That money will be used to buy equipment, book musicians and handle initial ticketing expenses, said J.J. Sheffer, one of five volunteers behind the initiative.
The concerts will be held in the food court area of the market and will feature up and coming independent musicians, said Philip Given, another member of the group.
The concert series will start at the end of the summer with 15 concerts slated to be held each year. The group is working to have a food vender open during each performance, Sheffer said.
She's hoping the concert series will not only attract musicians to York City, but will also bring in out-of-town music fans who will also check out nightlife and eateries in the downtown.
"This is going to give us a new venue, a more intimate venue," Sheffer said.
The other recipients of the grants were Steam into History ($7,500) and local artist Justin Ayala ($7,500).
The New Freedom-based nonprofit Steam in History provides history-themed train rides, and Ayala will create multi-media art displays at South Eastern middle and high schools that focus on diversity.
Volunteers will be needed to help artist Wayne White create an art display at Marketview Arts, 37 W. Philadelphia St. in York City.
White is expected to arrive in York in early March, and the display will be revealed on April 4, said Matthew Clay-Robison, gallery director at York College.
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