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!
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!
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.