The mission of the York Art Association is to encourage and develop interest in the visual arts; to provide opportunities for education through classroom instruction, workshops, lectures, and publications; to support interaction within the community and to provide a venue for members and non-members to exhibit their work in a gallery setting.
History, Objectives & Programs
The York Art Association, located in York, PA, began in 1905 when three visual artists and several businessmen came together to exchange views and interests. Over a hundred years later, the association has evolved into a vital organization with over 450 members.
The primary objective of York Art Association’s mission is to provide opportunities in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland for individuals to expand their artistic skills or simply explore creativity through adult classes and workshops, children’s classes, exhibitions, and other special programming or using publications in our library. To achieve this goal, the association offers year-round day and evening classes for adults and children six days a week.
The York Art Association holds diverse juried and non-juried exhibits each year. These exhibits include traditional and non-representational art in various mediums. We also host a number of workshops and lectures throughout the year, as well as providing meeting space for the monthly meetings of other non-profit organizations.
We communicate with our members via mailed or electronic newsletters six times per year. This redesigned web page now gives us the ability to immediately notify on-line members of current opportunities and news, and for members to communicate using the comments features. Please note, however, that comments are moderated before they appear on the website.
Our students are a diverse group. Approximately 20 percent of our students are children, with another large percentage of students qualifying as “Active Seniors” in pursuit of long-denied creative interests. All are welcome to attend. There is a minimum age for our children’s classes. We encourage anyone who has an interest in developing their artistic abilities to contact us to explore the opportunities available to them. Check out the current class and workshop schedules on the web site to discover our varied offerings. And feel free to Email Us if you have any suggestions for classes and workshops for which you have an interest that are not currently being offered.