After 25 years of serving York County, Creative York decided to dramatically expand its commitment to creativity and arts education. So Creative York (as YorkArts) set out on a Capital Campaign in 2015 to reach a goal of raising $1.3 million to grow its educational capacity, outreach, and organizational sustainability. With the support of more than 200 donors, we not only met, but exceeded, our Capital Campaign goal! However, we continue to raise money to support our classes and outreach programs. Find out how you can support us today.
A Creativity Crisis
It’s no secret that there’s a creativity crisis happening across the country – and even here in our own community. Schools in York County, when faced with tough economic decisions, often reduce or eliminate art classes first. The effects are significant: creativity scores in the U.S. have declined 40% since 1990, with the steepest decline among students in grades K-6, and it has been estimated that children lose up to 70% of their creative capacity by the time they turn 10. This is a serious problem, and it’s not just artists and art teachers who recognize it.
Creative York is seeking to bridge this creativity gap by dedicating significant resources to inspire, nurture and develop every child’s creative education. Monies raised from the capital campaign has been used for the following targeted areas of growth:
Develop up-to-date creative and educational space, increase the gallery footprint, and update and expand the popular pottery studio at 10 N Beaver St. A digital arts learning studio is also planned.
Increase the energy efficiency at 10 N Beaver St. and upgrade Creative York West, a facility generously donated to us by Bob Pullo. Eliminate organizational debt, freeing up finance payments which can then be applied to programming. Support an endowment fund to go towards operating expenses.
Create a mobile satellite program. The satellite program will bring art classes to other areas of York County, echoing much of what is happening in York City.