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Bringing Art From Classroom to Community

Writer Michael Vyskocil
Photographer Eric Forberger

Creating art and a cultural community: Sydney Little and Rhiannon Harbold represent the next generation artists of York. As the 2017 and 2018 York College Community Art Scholars, respectively, these young artists work to engage community in a conversation about creativity.

Little, a 2017 graduate of Central York High School and graphic design major at York College, has witnessed downtown York’s growth and interest in the arts and believes that the Community Art Scholar program “gives young artists that first experience of bringing their art to the community.”

“The Community Art Scholarship made me dive into the downtown art scene. I like telling stories through art and putting those stories out there for people to experience,” says Harbold, a 2018 graduate of Red Lion Area High School and first-year fine art major at York College.

Co-founded in 2017 by Mary Lou Frick and Dr. Dominic DelliCarpini, Dean of the Center for Community Engagement at York College, the York Community Art Scholar program

promotes the development of young artists in York. York County high school students are invited to participate in the program through their art teachers, and selected work is hung in downtown galleries during an annual Art Walk. At the next stage, one applicant is awarded a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 per year) to study at York College.

“The Community Art Scholars are a great example of how the College, the community and the supporters of York College have come together. The Art Walk brings hundreds of individuals to York’s art district and galleries — and I’ve heard people say how impressed they are with the revitalized York,” Dr. DelliCarpini adds.

“As a resident of downtown York, I was initially motivated to showcase all the opportunities in the City to students, their families and friends. York College had the properties and staff to make this happen,” says Mary Lou Frick. “Together, we have been able to recognize and reward talented high school art students.”

INSIDER TIP

Explore the work of York County’s talented art students at the 2018 Art Walk in downtown York, presented by York College’s Center for Community Engagement and Department of Art. Art Walk exhibitions will be open from Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20, with a reception on October 20. The finalist exhibition will be held Friday, November 2 through Tuesday, November 20. Participating Art Walk locations include Marketview Arts, York College Center for Community Engagement, i-ron-ic, Rich Reilly Attorney at Law, The Parliament Arts Organization, c o d at Murphy & Dittenhafer, Gallery at 227 (W. Market St.) and others.

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york college of pennsylvania
  • 441 Country Club Rd. York, PA 17403
  • 717.846.7788