EDITORIAL: A round of applause

York Dispatch

Theater experiences for the old and the young. Storytellers. Murals. Art markets. Pop-up symphony concerts. Dance. History brought to life. 

The common thread is bringing a wide variety of art to the York community.

The Cultural Alliance of York County honored 16 programs around York County this week with the Creative Impact Awards, given to encourage arts-based programs that create a connected community and contribute to the economy.

Recipients will receive part of a $100,000 grant from the alliance to continue their work of enriching York County with arts.

The award winners were:

  • Art murals by Oliver Bliss Design, artist residencies and art shows by Logos Academy and Creative York, art and music festivals and markets organized by WeCo Neighborhood Association and The Parliament Arts Organization;
  • Summer camps from Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council and OrangeMite Studios;
  • Storytelling exhibit and programming at York County History Center and Steam Into History's Civil War Weekend;
  • "The Wiz" production by the York Youth Symphony Orchestra, pop-up TEMPO performances by the York Symphony Orchestra and The Big Swing Thing weekend of swing music organized by Unforgettable Big Band;
  • "Journey through StAGEs" improv program for senior at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts;
  • Light Up York 2017, organized by York City, and downtown events sponsored by Downtown Inc;
  • "Step Afrika" community outreach by the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center;
  • York College's "Chris Dacre: Man Up" monthlong interactive, large-scale art installation with involvement by students and the community.

These are the types of programs that remind us that art is not limited to museums in Paris and classical performances in New York. 

The best art brings together people in a community to share experiences and emotions, to work together to create something new and exciting, and to celebrate a common history while also honoring differences. 

York is rich with organizations that bring arts into the community and allow people of all ages an outlet for creative expression, whether through visual arts, music, theater, dance or any of the countless other arts. And that level of creativity makes York a better place for everyone.

And that's a winning situation.

The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center's "Step Afriak" outreach program was one of 16 program honors by the York County Cultural Alliance.,