York College, Cultural Alliance Host First Impact Arts & Culture Conference

PA First Lady Susan Corbett visits York College during the Impact Arts & Culture Conference.

York College and The Cultural Alliance of York County recently joined forces to sponsor a one-day conference — the first in the York region — solely devoted to arts and culture. The Impact Arts & Culture Conference, held on June 27 at the Willman Business Center, included workshops, presentations, and discussions on keeping art and culture relevant in the community and cultivating the industry.

Kelley Gibson, director of communications and engagement at The Cultural Alliance and an adjunct professor at York College, reported that 140 people participated in the Conference, including artists, art educators, and administrators from arts organizations. Attendees chose from sessions in four tracks, which were devoted to impacting the community, using art to teach and learn, marketing and protecting artistic work, and utilizing important resources to do so.

First Lady of Pennsylvania and Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Susan Corbett greeted guests and welcomed keynote speaker Rachael Hatley, founder of the Litter Letter Project. With the Project, 3D letters constructed of chicken wire and rebar that spell out words such as CARE and HOPE are filled with litter to raise awareness via an artistic and — interestingly enough — aesthetically pleasing display.

York College recently participated in a Litter Letter community project; on June 14, members of York College, The Cultural Alliance of York County, Working Class York, the City of York and Keep York Beautiful, worked together to collect trash and litter from Springettsbury and Jackson streets to fill the word CHANGE. The creation is currently being displayed on the lawn of York Hospital. 

- Emily Kuhl '15