Creative York Awards to honor artistry, ingenuity

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

Some of York County’s most creative minds and hands will fill the Valencia Ballroom on Friday, Oct. 27, to honor seven local businesses, owners, educators and artists at the fourth annual Creative York Awards.

Kicking off with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., the awards ceremony will run until 9 p.m. at the ballroom, with the seven awards being handed out at 7:30 p.m., according to the event schedule. 

Conrad Beatty, 7, left, and Reuben Beatty, 6, of York's Temple Guard open the 41st annual Olde York Street Fair which attracted near-record crowds Sunday, May 8, 2016.  Bil Bowden photo

Artist, author and activist Noah Scalin will be featured as the keynote speaker. Scalin is the first-ever artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, and he has published six books on creativity, art and design, according to a news release.

Awards are presented to individuals, organizations, events and businesses demonstrating creativity, outstanding achievements or exceptional contributions made to the community, according to the release. 

Winners: Less than a year after launching Gusa by Victoria, owner Victoria Kageni-Woodard will pick up Creative York's 2017 Business Award. 

Kageni-Woodard opened the doors to her Kenyan fashion-and-fine-arts shop Dec. 9 to much fanfare, with the Kenyan ambassador to America showing up to help christen the shop.

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Fran Polk, a member of the York County History Center’s board of directors, will take home the Guy Aloso President’s Award, and Prime Art Supply owner Rita Whitney will scoop up this year’s Artist Award, according to the release. 

Matthew Clay-Robinson, director of the York College Galleries, will be the night’s other big winner, with his name etched into Creative York’s 2017 Educator Award.

Big Idea nominees: While Kageni-Woodard, Polk, Whitney and Clay-Robinson will be honored for their individual achievements, three local organizations will square off for Creative York’s Big Idea Award. 

After a highly successful first year of launching new restaurants in the downtown York City culinary scene, the Taste Test Restaurant Incubator will be pitted against the YWCA Temple Guard Drill Team program and Human Library: York for the award. 

The Temple Guard Drill team leads "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes", a fund raising event sponsored by YWCA York, to support awareness of domestic violence in York, Pa. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit YWCA York's Victim Assistance Center and ACCESS-York. Dawn J. Sagert -

The YWCA drill team is a mentoring program for students from kindergarten to 12th grade, based on military-style boot-camp marching and dance, according to the organization’s website.

Human Library: York is an event that aims to “establish a safe conversational space where difficult questions” about stigma, prejudice and discrimination “are expected, appreciated and answered,” according to the organization’s website.

The winner of the 2017 Big Idea Award will be selected by an online vote, with the winner to be announced during the Friday, Oct. 27 event, according to the release.

More information about the nominees and the voting ballot can be found here: Creative York 2017 Big Idea Award ballot.