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Susan McCalmont to Speak at YorkArts’ Creative York Awards

Susan McCalmontSusan McCalmont, founding board member and current president of Creative Oklahoma, Inc., will be the featured speaker during the YorkArts’ Creative York Awards on October 24, 2014 at LSC Design in downtown York.

Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma’s creative economy through creativity and innovation based initiatives in education, commerce and culture. Since its inception in 2006, Creative Oklahoma has developed specific programs and services to further the understanding of the urgent need for creativity and innovation in the state to drive Oklahoma’s economic growth and improve life quality for its citizens.

Susan Shaw McCalmont has 30 years experience as an executive leader of several non-profit cultural, economic development, and philanthropic organizations in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Oklahoma. Under her collaborative, pro-active leadership, educational and community-based initiatives have been developed with long-term impact.  She has led major coalitions and managed multi-sector events in creativity, arts and culture, arts education, historic preservation, spirituality, and economic sectors. Known for her commitment to societal change and passion for every individual’s discovery of their creative center, Susan has been a driving force for the establishment of the National Creativity Network, Creative Oklahoma, DaVinci Institute and Oklahoma A+ Schools. She was the recipient of the inaugural Sir Ken Robinson Creativity Leadership Award presented by the National Creativity Network in 2013.

Susan’s remarks during the awards ceremony will address what it means to be a creative region, and the importance of creativity as a driver of economic success and quality of life. The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 pm. A limited number of table seats are available for purchase to attend the awards ceremony and the Art in Motion After Party. Tickets for bleacher seating and the after party are also available.

Hispanic Heritage Month Event

On September 17, 5:30-8:00pm York City will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in YorkArts Gallery with a one-night-only installation by artist Joaquin Calles Guzman. This event is presented by Mayor C Kim Bracey and will feature light refreshments, book signings by author Anibal Mateo, and a presentation of “ALIEN” by the artist Joaquin Calles Guzman.

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 “ALIEN is a multimedia exhibition revolving around the topic of immigration in our area, specifically illegal immigration. The exhibition explores the human aspect of this issue, by going to the individuals themselves, exposing their stories, their hopes and dreams to an unknown audience.

 ALIEN is about a force that moves through the farms and the fields, a force made up of people who dream of a better life for them and for those they love.

 The event honors Hispanic Heritage Month by looking at those who often go unmentioned, overlooked, and live in the shadows. ALIEN is about all of us.

 Mayor C Kim Bracey will introduce the artist. Anibal Mateo, a local author, will present his book “La Busqueda de Los Sueños.” After the artist’s statement a 15 minute audiovisual will be presented.”

                        – Joaquin Calles Guzman


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Fall ’14 Exhibit: “Women Artists of York I”

YorkArts Exhibit Summary: Fall 2014
“Women Artists of York I”
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 25, 6-8pm

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YorkArts’ 2014 Fall exhibit, “Women Artists of York I” features six York County artists, each with her own style and passion for art making. Participating artists are:

  • Diane Delozier
  • Yvonne McConkey
  • Gloria Oldenbur
  • Fran Polk
  • Sarah Stahl
  • Linda Sommer

Artistic techniques and mediums represented range from watercolors and graphite drawings to textile weaving and abstract collage. While celebrating the diverse and creative talents of women in York’s community, this exhibit should also encourage all artists, male and female, to take pride in their art. The exhibit dates are September 25 – November 1, 2014.

Join us in celebrating the diverse and creative talents of women in York’s community at the exhibition and reception. Both are free to attend and open to the public.  “Women Artists of York I” will be on display from September 25 – November 1, 2014 in YorkArts’ Gallery, 10 N. Beaver Street, York PA.


  • Opening reception: September 25, 6-8pm
  • Final day of exhibit: November 1, 2014

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesdays: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Thursdays: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Saturdays: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • First Fridays: 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • (Or by appointment)
  • *gallery tours available by appointment

YorkArts’ New Fall Event October 24

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YorkArts’ 1st Annual Creative York Awards

The mission: to celebrate the vibrant creative and innovative community of Greater York County.

York, PA, September 2, 2014: The First Annual Creative York Awards, presented by CGA Law Firm, will take place on Friday, October 24th at LSC Design in downtown York. The Creative York Awards were created by YorkArts to recognize accomplishments and inspire the community. The awards will also promote visibility, economic development and the innovative spirit of the thriving creative community.

The Creative York Awards will be presented to six individuals, organizations, events and/or businesses demonstrating creativity, outstanding achievements or exceptional contributions made to the community. There will be a special President’s Award and a Big Idea! Award presented as part of the ceremony.

The Big Idea! Award, presented by RBC Wealth Management, recognizes an event, program, proposal or effort that demonstrates both a creative accomplishment and inspires the community. The public will be invited next month to submit their vote for the Big Idea! Award, having the option to choose from three nominees or to write-in an un-nominated “big idea” of their own.

YorkArts has selected Susan McCalmont of Creative Oklahoma to be the keynote speaker for the Creative York Awards ceremony. A founding member of the Creative Oklahoma board, Susan was instrumental in the establishment of a statewide nonprofit organization designed to increase the state’s creativity and innovation in education, commerce, and culture.

The awards presentation will be followed by an Art in Motion After Party with dancing and music by the DJs Happy Couple Duo. Limited number of awards ceremony and after party tickets are available.

Event Highlights
6:30 pm      Pre-Ceremony Reception and Social
7:30 pm     Creative York Awards Ceremony – Keynote Speaker, Awards, Drinks and Desserts
8:30 pm     Art in Motion After Party – Dancing with DJs Happy Couple Duo
11:00 pm   Event Closes

Ticket Information 
Awards Ceremony Table Seating and admission into Art in Motion After Party   $150 per couple  * Limited number available *
Art in Motion After Party (includes bleacher seating at the Awards Ceremony)   $25 per person

Call 717-848-3200 to purchase tickets.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Premier Sponsor: CGA Law Firm

Award Sponsors: York College, RBC Wealth Management, Susquehanna Renovations, Rost & Associates

Table Sponsors: Fulton Bank, Ascom Electric, Perform Group, Strip it Clean Inc., Coastal Investments, SF & Company

Media Sponsor: York Economic Alliance

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