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David Kelley to Keynote Creative York Awards 2015


YorkArts is proud to announce David Kelley as the keynote speaker for the second annual Creative York Awards, presented by CGA Law Firm, on October 23, 2015. Mr. Kelley is coming to York to share his insights about fostering creative confidence, creativity and human centered design. His keynote remarks are sponsored by Graham Innovation Scholars of York College.


As founder of legendary design firm IDEO, David Kelley built the company that created many icons of the digital generation — the first mouse, the first Treo, the thumbs up/thumbs down button on your Tivo’s remote control, to name a few. But what matters even more to him is unlocking the creative potential of people and organizations so they can innovate routinely.

David Kelley’s most enduring contributions to the field of design are a methodology and culture of innovation. More recently, he led the creation of the groundbreaking d.school at Stanford, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, where students from the business, engineering, medicine, law, and other diverse disciplines develop the capacity to solve complex problems collaboratively and creatively.

Today, Mr. Kelley serves as chair of IDEO and is the Donald W. Whittier Professor at Stanford, where he has taught for more than 25 years. Preparing the design thinkers of tomorrow earned him the Sir Misha Black Medal for his “distinguished contribution to design education.” He has also won the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, the Chrysler Design Award, and the National Design Award in Product Design from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Mr. Kelley is also a member of the National Academy of Engineers.



886001_10153355318707808_3143925224255353756_oWe are beyond excited and grateful to announce that through the Kerlins’ outstanding leadership we not only met, but exceeded, our capital campaign goal!  Nearly 200 generous individuals, businesses, and foundations in York donated to the YorkArts Capital Campaign, raising a total of $1,500,000!

Thank you to every single donor, and everyone who helped bolster support for this campaign.  You have made this possible, and we cannot wait to share with you the impact of your investment!

The campaign may be over, but our work is just beginning.

The money raised through the campaign will support three targeted areas of growth, which call for some major upgrades and renovations to our buildings at 10 N. Beaver and 118 W. Philadelphia.  We are slated to begin renovations in July with a grand re-opening slated for the fall.

Meanwhile, we will offer Arts Discovery Camps, our popular children summer classes, at Paul Smith Library in Shrewsbury and Martin Library in York.  Class registration must be done through YorkArts.

YorkArts volunteers will still bring free art activities to the parks from June 22 – August 14 during this year’s Art in the Parks program.  Art in the Parks is a free art program held weeknights at various York City parks and housing communities. (yorkarts.org/art-in-the-parks)


Pictured, left to right: Kevin Lenkner, YorkArts Executive Director; Donna Sylvester, YorkArts Board President; Bill and Kim Kerlin, co-chairs of the Capital Campaign; and Ed Bird, YorkArts Board Member. Taken at the June 24 Capital Campaign Celebration at Central Market.

Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition

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The Yorkfest Adult Juried Literary Competition is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. The four categories for the competition are Poetry/Short, Poetry/Long, Non-Fiction Prose, and Fiction Prose. All entries must be original, titled, unpublished works submitted by author.

This year, first place in each category will receive a cash prize of $250 . Ribbons will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rdin each category.

An awards ceremony will take place on Friday, August 28, 2015, at 7pm at the Agriculutral & Industrial Museum of York, 217 West Princess Street in downtown York, PA.

All entries must be received by 2pm, Wed., July 1, 2015.

 Download the entry form HERE for more information on how to submit works

Yorkfest is York’s premier fine arts and music festival. This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, August 29 until Sunday, August 30, 2015. Visit the Yorkfest page of our website for more events and ways to participate in this city-wide event.

Yorkfest Juried Exhibit 2015: Call for Works

yorkfestcfwimage2015For submission requirements and exhibit details, download the official entry form  below:


~No longer accepting submissions~


printable entry form

The 2015 Yorkfest exhibit will be held at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum

Important Exhibit Dates:

Deadline for Entry
June 1, 2015
(entries can be made online through our website, or mailed to YorkArts)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Delivery of Art Work
** to the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York, PA.
Thursday, August 20, 10am-4pm
Friday, August 21, 10am-4pm
Saturday, August 22, 10am-4pm

Exhibit Reception and Awards Ceremony
** at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York, PA.
Friday, August 28, 6-8pm

Open Hours

Aug 29, 10am-5pm (Yorkfest)
Aug 30, 10am – 4pm (Yorkfest)
Sept. 1 – Sept 4, 10am- 4pm
Sept. 4, 5pm-9pm (First Friday)

Pick Up Artwork
** from the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York, PA.
Saturday, September 5, 10am-2pm
Tuesday, September 8, 10am-2pm

About the Juror…

Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg is Chairperson in the Fine Arts Department of Kutztown University. As a Professor at Kutztown University, she regularly teaches drawing courses and a professional practices class. She also serves as the advisor for “Eckhaus”, a student-run gallery on Main Street in Kutztown and is on the Board of FUSE arts infrastructure, Allentown, PA.

Hochberg received her BFA from The Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin/Madison.

Cheryl’s work has been exhibited throughout the country. Her recent solo exhibitions include Allentown Art Museum, Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD, The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA and Sweetbriar College in Lynchburg, VA. Her work has been included in group exhibitions, most recently at the Ice Box in Philadelphia, the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY, the Andrews Art Museum in Andrews, NC, the Allentown Art Museum, the Fowler Family Center in Bethlehem, PA, as well as in many university gallery exhibitions.

About YorkFest:

Yorkfest is a weekend-long premier fine arts and music festival held along the Codorus River (surrounding the Colonial Courthouse) in historic downtown York. Yorkfest features over 80 fine artists from all around the country, free entertainment and hands-on art activities. This year’s festival will take place Friday, August 28 until Sunday, August 30, 2014. Yorkfest is held rain or shine.