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Poet Laureate will Speak at Creative York Awards

Christine photo

Christine Lincoln, Poet Laureate of York, is an artist activist who dreams of using her poetry and fiction to save the world, like Princess Diana of Themyscira (Wonder Woman), only with words instead of an invisible jet and lasso of truth.

Christine will share a creative message of inspiration at the Creative York Awards ceremony during her closing remarks, titled, “Living in Wonderland.”




2014 Big Idea! Award: The Buddy Bench

We are pleased to announce The Buddy Bench as the 2014 Creative York’s  Big Idea!

The Creative York Big Idea! Award, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management, recognizes an event, program, proposal or effort that demonstrates both a creative accomplishment and inspires the community.

We would like to thank all the nominees for letting YorkArts share their stories with the greater York Community. Voting was held October 6-10 so the community would have the opportunity to vote for who would win the award. All three nominees are shining examples of creativity, inspiration and good work. We echo the same comments submitted by the voters…

“All three are worthy of this award! Congratulations!”

“All three are amazing nominees!”

“This is a hard choice..” 

We can’t wait to see where their creativity will lead them next!

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The Buddy Bench

Christian Bucks Family, Roundtown Elementary School

York County second-grader Christian Bucks knew that some of his classmates felt lonely during recess, and he decided to do something about it. The result was the Buddy Bench. A buddy bench is a designated seating area where students feeling lonely or upset can seek camaraderie. The area is customarily painted in bright, inviting colors. Christian thought it would be a really great thing to have on the playground at his current school, Roundtown Elementary. He told his teacher and his principal about it and they thought it was a great idea! Six months after

Christian introduced the buddy bench idea at Roundtown Elementary School, more than 200 schools around the world have followed his lead. There are buddy benches in many states across the United States, and in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Italy and Canada, according to Christian’s family, which is keeping track of the growth.

For more information about the Buddy Bench Visit Buddy Bench Website

To see the impact and effect of the Buddy Bench idea click here. Be sure to scroll out to see its world wide impact!

2014 Nominees
Wayne White Artist Residency

York College introduced York to artist Wayne White, best known as the puppeteer/set designer for Pee-wee’s Playhouse via a month-long residency. As artist-in-residence, White created a large-scale public art installation that reflected a pivotal time in the history of York. Wayne White worked with a large number of York College students, local artists, and volunteers and throughout the process gave valuable insight into his imagination and a connection to a larger art community. His piece was exhibited at Marketview Arts located in downtown York. White also brought an exhibit of his word paintings to York College galleries. An artist talk and a screening of “Beauty is Embarrassing”, a documentary film about his life and career were also featured events during his artist-in-residency.


In one year, foodstruck has grown from an idea tossed around over a couple of beers to Central PA’s largest food truck party. The event is organized and managed entirely by volunteers, a group of friends–all with full-time jobs–who wanted to bring something cool to the city they love.

Over 20,000 people have attended the three foodstruck events in 2014, enjoying (at the latest and largest event) eats from 50 food trucks and carts hailing from Central PA, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Delaware and New Jersey. The event outgrew its original location in the unit block of N. Pershing Ave, moving to the 4 square blocks of Penn Park in the heart of York City. foodstruck 3 also included the Treasure Island Beer Garden, featuring craft brews and ciders from 18 different breweries.

The success of the event and demand for food trucks in York City has even prompted the formation of a special committee to discuss expanding legislation to allow mobile food vendors to operate within city limits. Now that’s a pretty powerful party.



Put your Art in Motion on Oct. 24 with the Happy Couple Duo

The Happy Couple Duo will provide DJing, string music, and lighting design for the Creative York Awards and Art in Motion After Party!

zachkatypicZachary Gillerlain (violin, DJ, lighting) and Katy Tompkins (viola, DJ, Emcee, song arranging)

The Happy Couple Duo is born from two love birds who share a passion for collaborating as artists and musicians.

In 2000, they began playing violin and viola together in groups and as a duo at The Governor’s School for the Arts, a performing arts high school in Virginia. A youthful entrepreneurial spirit drove them to begin booking and playing weddings and other events regularly in 2001 at just 17 years old.

Upon graduation, they headed for Cincinnati to continue study through CCM and the University of Cincinnati. Their experiences with light and sound engineering began shortly thereafter. In 2010, after many experiences working for event companies and music groups, they ventured out on their own to create The Happy Couple Duo.

Today, the Happy Couple Duo is well established as a music and lighting trifecta- offering unique and contemporary String Music, DJ Music, and Lighting design for weddings and art events. For Zach and Katy, it’s about creating an unforgettable experience for every group they celebrate with, making friends for life.

Ticket Information 
Art in Motion After Party, $25 per person. Included in this ticket is admission into the after party; drinks and hors d’oeuvres; with the option of non-table bleacher seating at the awards ceremony.

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


Creative York Awards Honoree Profile: Guy Alosa


Guy Alosa is President Emeritus and former member of YorkArts’ board of directors. Guy served as president of the board from 1990 through 1999, during a pivotal time in YorkArts’ history.

Guy received his Master’s in finance and management from Drexel University. Before coming to York in 1972, he was one of the youngest vice presidents in Fidelity Bank working in their Trust Department. He was hired to come to York to create a mobile home park, and afterwards, he ran his own construction company. In 1986 he joined Commercial Realty Specialist Inc. as a minority partner. A few years later he purchased the company and continued as Real Estate Broker with national restaurant clients finding site locations and negotiating deals and contracts.

Guy played an instrumental role during YorkArts’ infancy. By courageously communicating his passion and vision, he established the relationships with the first donors that would sustain YorkArts during the early growth years. In 1997, Guy’s business and finance experience was crucial in the financial and contractual discussions that led to the acquisition of 10 N. Beaver St., which was YorkArts’ first permanent home and remains its current location. His ability to read people and assess their potential led to the hiring of the first full time staff, among them the first executive director, Joanne Riley, who later went on to lead the Cultural Alliance of York County for more than 15 years. Guy also fostered the development of long lasting core programs, such as Art in the Parks.

Guy and his wife, Georgette, devoted all their time in the beginning to realizing their goal of an arts district centered on Beaver St. and reaching beyond. YorkArts exists today due to Guy’s determination and commitment to keeping YorkArts alive and growing, and his ability to identify and nurture people who shared those same goals and dreams.

“Downtown York has benefited greatly in many ways with the creativity and excitement brought in by the artists, their shops, art shows and enthusiasm. The art programs have also helped people find their own levels of creativity. The financial benefits for the city with more foot traffic are obvious. All this adds to the quality of life of the community.” – Guy Alosa



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