The Cultural Alliance of York County has announced its Creative Impact Award winners for 2018. 

A total of 22 applicants received grant awards this year out of 30 applications that were submitted, according to Kelley Gibson, Cultural Alliance director of communications and engagement. 

The number of applications received is the highest since the program's inception in 2011, which first provided funding for projects in 2012.

The goal of the program is twofold — to contribute to the local economy and to create a more cohesive community through the arts, according to Gibson.

Over $100,000 from the from the Cultural Alliance's annual campaign fund was distributed among the 22 winners, she said.

Each year, a new panel is selected of individuals who are not affiliated with the Cultural Alliance, and they score each application based on criteria such as artistic quality and strength of management, she said.

The 2018 Creative Impact Award winners are:

  • Appell Center for the Performing Arts: "Momix: Opportunity, Connection and Inspiration," workshops with the national touring group Momix that includes the deaf and hearing-impaired community.
  •  Artistic New Directions (Cobblestone Players): Spring Homeschool Drama Production Camp and Summer Drama Productions Camp, providing local youth with drama opportunities.
  • Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council: “Dillsburg, Its History & Founders,” educating children and families on local history through visual art, performances, photography and live music.
  • Downtown Inc: “Spotlight on the Arts: Downtown Community Events,” providing live music and supporting downtown artists during First Friday events.
  • DreamWrights Center for Community Arts: “Saturday Series in the Studio,” monthly cultural events designed to increase community participation in diverse arts.
  • Gettysburg Community Theatre: “Theatre Changes Lives!” bringing the Penguin Project to Hanover. The project pairs special-needs youths and a non-special needs youth mentor on and off stage.
  • Give Local York: providing local music at Giving Day celebration.
  • Greater York Dance: “Live Music Meets Dance at the Appell Center,” pairing Midstate Ballet of Greater York Dance with the live music of the York Symphony Orchestra for the 20th anniversary performance of "The Nutcracker."
  • Hanover Area Arts Guild: Arts Education Enhancement, providing art education classes for free to students.
  • Hanover Symphony Orchestra: “The Mark Wood Experience: Electrify Your Symphony,” an artist-teaching workshop that transforms music education by improving student motivation, attitude and retention.
  • Positive Energy Arts: “On Your Mark, Get Set, Dance!” a five-week summer dance camp for grades four through seven at York County libraries.
  • Steam Into History: “Pennsylvania Cowboy Weekend,” educating visitors of all ages on the importance of the cowboy in American history. The event will take place at Summit Grove Campground, the station in New Freedom and aboard the train.
  • Susquehanna Folk Music Society: The Susquehanna Folk Festival,a two-day folk music festival at Roundtop Mountain Resort featuring artists such as David Holt, The Quebe Sisters and Rory Block.
  • The Parliament  Arts Organization: Summer Art Market 2018, featuring unique artisans, food trucks, live music and family/children’s activities.
  • Unforgettable Big Band: “Restoring History: The Big Swing Thing,” celebrating York's role in the Swing Era by bringing six present-day big bands together for two days.
  • WeCo Neighborhood Association: Summer Series 2018, a series of public events throughout the summer months at Foundry Park boat basin in York City featuring arts and music festivals, Creekfire events and family festivals.
  • White Rose Chorus: “American Harmony,” a public screening of the movie “American Harmony” with a live performance.
  • York Art Association: 2018 York Country Youth Art Exhibit, an art exhibit featuring works by York County youth, kindergarten through grade 12.
  • York City Special Events: Box Lunch Revue Expansion, free lunchtime concerts for the local community in the Cherry Lane courtyard with extended Wednesday concerts.
  • York College: “What are you afraid of?” a visual and performance art project by Jessica Jane Julius. Julius will also be working with York City sixth grade STEAM students to create an outlet of expression.
  • York County History Center: “(Y)our Storytellers: Capturing York’s Community Stories,” Randy Flaum will work with high school students to teach the importance of capturing family stories, interview skills and assisting with all facets of media productions. Flaum will also work with students on essays and portraits that will accompany the video storytelling exhibit.
  • York Fringe: York Fringe Festival, a juried performing-arts festival open to local and regional artists of all ages.
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