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York College’s York Community Art Scholar program to kick off with October Art Walk

September 22, 2017
Sydney Little

Sydney Little, a 2017 Central York High School graduate, was chosen as York College’s first York Community Art Scholar last year. She received a scholarship of $5,000 annually to study at the College, where she is currently majoring in graphic design. York County high school students are invited to participate in the program, which also offers cash prizes, by working through their art teachers.

Student work curated for the program will be featured in an Art Walk at the following Downtown York locations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 19-21. 

Marketview Arts (37 West Philadelphia Street)
Central York High School 
William Penn High School
York Suburban High School

 

Creative York West (118 West Philadelphia Street)
Dallastown Area High School

I-ron-ic Coffee Shop and Art Boutique (256 West Philadelphia Street)
Logos Academy

Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects' @c o d (226 West Market Street)
York Catholic High School

The Parliament Arts Organization (116 East King Street)
Red Lion High School 
York County School of Technology  

Isaac’s Downtown York on the Fly (58 West Market Street)
York Country Day School

On Oct. 21, guided tours of the Art Walk locations will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a closing reception will be held at the College’s Center for Community Engagement at 1 p.m. Top juried works will be on display in Gallery Hall at Marketview Arts from Nov. 2-Nov. 11. A public reception will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 3.

All events, organized by the York College Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and Division of Art, are open to the public free of charge. For more information, email the Center at cce@ycp.edu.

The York Community Art Scholar is “a student who combines talent in the arts with a commitment to supporting and building York’s cultural community.” Little describes herself as “a young, Filipino-American artist born and raised in York, who has had a love of art and need for creation from an early age. Sydney sees art as a means to understand, connect, experience, and as a way to further herself as a human being. Above all, she wishes to one day venture outside her hometown of York to create and do work that is helpful and inspiring to others."

“I did not realize the full scope of the Community Arts Scholar program when I entered,” Little said. “I was in an Advanced Placement art class at Central focused on helping students prepare portfolios for art schools and college when my instructor invited us to turn in our art. I was not expecting very much, and was actually most excited about the workshops for student artists offered through the program.” 

Little submitted a piece she created during her sophomore year, and to her surprise, was chosen as the inaugural York Community Art Scholar. “York College was already on my list of schools to consider. The scholarship just made the decision that much easier.”

She will attend and help promote this year’s events as much as her schedule allows. “I was born and raised in York, and I want to be involved in the art community here,” she said. She is also planning to study theatre at York College, and hopes for a career in the creative industry. “It’s all about how I can build up my arsenal so that I can find an opportunity for a career that makes me happy. For me, it’s not just about an occupation, or location, or money.”

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