York Arts Scene Calls You to Explore Your Creative Side

York, PA’s growing arts scene is a draw for anyone with a creative side. Guest Blogger, Kelley Gibson, reviews a few of her favorite locales to celebrate creativity.

Since moving to York in 1996, I have always been amazed at the depth and breadth of the York arts scene. So many internationally-known musicians, visual artists, and writers come from this area, you start to wonder if there’s something in the water.  Being home to this wealth of creative people has made York a hot-bed for opportunity and self-expression.  Here are some of my favorite ways to explore your creative side in York.


York Arts Scene - Story Slam
York Story Slam
Credit: Isaac Edmondson Photography

York Story Slam
York Story Slam is a monthly gathering where anyone can take a turn at the microphone and tell a true story based on that month’s theme.  The storyteller with the top score at each event wins an exclusive York Story Slam journal set from Story Supply Co. and earns a spot in the Grand Slam event at the end of the season, when all the winners from that year return to vie for the title of York’s Best Storyteller.

Location: Holy Hound Taproom, 57 West Market Street, York PA
When: Third Tuesday of each month.
For more information, visit www.yorkstoryslam.com


Dreamwrights Center for Community Arts
DreamWrights Center for Community Arts offers an interactive performing arts experience for people of all ages. From camps and classes to full-scale productions of timeless tales and iconic stories, children, teens, and adults of all ages and skill levels will enjoy a hands-on experience.

Location: 100 Carlisle Avenue, York PA
For more information, visit www.dreamwrights.org


Creative York Event
Credit: Creative York Staff

Creative York
Creative York is an arts-based, nonprofit learning center that provides opportunities for students to explore their creativity through the arts. Creative York encourages active participation in the arts through their hands-on classes for all ages, bi-monthly gallery exhibits, outreach programs, and special events.

Location: 10 North Beaver Street, York PA
For more information, visit www.creativeyork.org


SMALL STAR Art House
SMALL STAR Art House is a cozy art space combining an art gallery and a 26-seat movie theater, proudly featuring first run independent, documentary, and foreign films carefully curated for viewers.  The gallery features work from a wide variety of local artists and one of a kind gifts and fabulous finds from around the globe. SMALL STAR patrons also enjoy world-class refreshments, locally made snacks, and screen talks led by knowledgeable experts.

When: Thu – Fri: 1p, 3p, 5:30p & 7:30p
Film Appreciation Class: Tue 6p – 9p
Location:  232 West Market Street, York PA
For more information, visit www.smallstaryork.com


OrangeMite Studio’s King Richard II Production
Credit: OrangeMite Studios Instagram (@orangemite)

OrangeMite Studios
OrangeMite Shakespeare Company performs in “The Barn,” an intimate setting reminiscent of Shakespeare’s own Globe. The beautiful wooden architecture of this venue envelopes the audience, transporting them to another time and place.  A trap door, a balcony, ladders, and several different doors, each with their own purpose, enhance an already spectacular and unique theatre experience.

Location:  2035 Tall Fir Drive, Dover PA
For more information, visit www.orangemite.org

What's Your York?

What would your home, work, and community look like in York? Imagine the places you might live, work, dine, shop, serve, or explore. York is Creativity Unleashed, and now you can become a part of the creative action of this community of entrepreneurs and innovators. What’s your York? Take this short quiz find out.

Why the keystone? Pennsylvania is named as The Keystone State because of its centralized location within the original 13 colonies and because of the state’s key role in the formation of the United States. Three of treasured U.S. documents were written in Pennsylvania: the US Constitution, the Declaration of independence, and the Gettysburg address.

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