CelebrateARTS in York County, Jan. 13–20

Story by Michael Vyskocil for YRK Magazine

Where can you participate in a silent disco scene, witness a mighty Wurlitzer organ demonstration, break out some hip-hop dance moves, and explore some wizardry and history? It all happens in York for CelebrateARTS Week, Jan. 13–20, a free community cultural celebration presented by the Cultural Alliance of York County. Through the generosity of sponsors and Cultural Alliance community partners, these free events enable all members of the community to discover York County’s arts, music, dance, history and cultural experiences.

CelebrateARTS events begin Saturday, Jan. 13 and continue through Jan. 20. Preview the offerings for the week below.

Silent Disco and Performance by Greater York Dance

Saturday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St.

Don your wireless headphones and get ready to experience live music like York has never seen. Featuring the audio-visual work of artists Aortic Valve and dance performances from the Greater York Dance and Midstate Ballet, you’ll find yourself moving to the music in your ears as you take in the immersive video projections for a spectacle premiering in York only during CelebrateARTS.

Three Generations of Creativity at York Art Association

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m., York Art Association, 221 S. Marshall St.

Meet the people behind the work of the York artist family of Gloria Oldenburg, Carol Oldenburg and Kara Oldenburg-Gonzales at this three-generation exhibition presented by the York Art Association.

MLK Day Celebration

Monday, Jan. 15, 68 p.m., Union Lutheran Church, 408 W. Market St.

Celebrating the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this community event will feature displays of fine art, interactive children’s crafts and games, spoken-word performances and soul food specialties presented by York restaurants. This event is presented by Gusa by Victoria, the Cultural Alliance, Community Arts Ink and Union Lutheran Church.

Silent Film & Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Demonstration

Wednesday, Jan. 17, Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 6 p.m., Capitol Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St.

Organ master Don Kinnier invites you to experience what the mighty Wurlitzer organ can do as it accompanies the 1924 Buster Keaton silent film classic Sherlock Jr. Kinnier will present a 10- to 15-minute demo of the organ before the film begins.

Free Hip-Hop Dance Class at Greater York Dance

Friday, Jan. 19, 4:305:30 p.m., Greater York Dance, 3524 E. Market St.

Children ages 8 and older are invited to get their groove on with this hip-hop dance class for kids. This class is limited to 30 participants, and registration is required.

Free Dress Rehearsal Performance with the York Symphony Orchestra – “When in Rome” Concert

Saturday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m.1 p.m., Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St.

The York Symphony Orchestra invites you to an open dress rehearsal of the “When in Rome” classical concert performance Saturday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., featuring the work of award-winning pianist Roberto Plano.

“Magic at the Museum” Harry Potter–Themed Family Day

Saturday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m.2 p.m., Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St.

Bring your little magicians and muggles for a magic-themed family day with the York County History Center. Take your turns at the sorting hat, immerse yourself in some interactive magical activities, learn the Patronus charm from Professor Lupin, pose in an Azkaban photo booth and pick up a mini marauder’s map as you travel from station to station seeking official acceptance into the Hogwarts.

CelebrateARTS serves as the official public launch of the Cultural Alliance 2018 annual campaign with a goal of raising $1 million in contributions to make high-quality cultural arts experiences available throughout the year to members of the York County community. For more information or to contribute to the Cultural Alliance, visit 

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