The arts are vibrant here in York County, South Carolina! The Arts Council of York County offers many programs and competitions throughout the year. At the Community Performance Center, you will find world-class acts like The Second City and the Glenn Miller Orchestra performing as a part of the Main Stage Series. The Underexposed Film Festival features the best in indie films from across the country. In the Dalton Gallery, local, national, and international artists are given a space to display their paintings, prints, sculptures, and textile arts. In the fall each year, we focus on the literary arts with a competition focusing on poetry and short stories.
Our performing arts programs are held at the Community Performance Center, where artists are given the stage to let their voices be heard. We host the Main Stage Series, where nationally and internationally renowned musicians and comedians entertain our concert & theatre-goers, and the Underexposed Film Festival and Series, featuring the best in independent filmmaking from across the world.
Ballet, jazz, modern – name just about any type of dance and chances are, you can find it here in York County. The York County Ballet, Winthrop University and the various other dance groups in the community provide a unique array of shows and classes.
Music is becoming an increasingly large part of York County’s art offerings. Numerous restaurants and other unique venues in the county have begun regularly showcasing live music, bringing in large crowds. With many talented emerging musicians, some considered local celebrities, our community is establishing itself as an important entertainment destination.
The Arts Council's biggest celebration of music is our annual Blues & Jazz Festival. Always the first weekend of October, the Festival has become a draw for thousands of people from York County and all over the southeast, showcasing some of the coolest blues entertainment around.
You can almost always find a quality theatre show playing somewhere in York County, whether it be a musical, comedy, student show or dinner theatre. Numerous organizations and theatre groups exist who work and rehearse tirelessly to present entertaining productions to our community.
Local schools and universities, community theatres, like the Rock Hill Community Theatre, and other organizations are in place here that provide a wide variety of both well-known and original shows to the stage in various venues throughout the year.
York County is home to an increasing base of extremely talented visual artists.
Painting, jewelry, photography, woodworking, pottery, literary arts – the variety of artistic mediums practiced in our area continues to expand.
The Arts Council hosts professional exhibitions by locally and nationally known artists in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. Exhibitions change every 6-8 weeks, with a public opening reception held for each one. The Center for the Arts is also home to two other galleries: the Perimeter Gallery and the Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom Gallery.
The Gettys Art Center is another visual arts hub located on Main Street, Rock Hill. The Rock Hill Pottery Center is located on the main floor and offers a variety of unique, handmade pottery by various local artists. Also located in this building are the SC Arts Alliance, Friday Arts Project, Social Design House, and The Cordial Churchman.
There are numerous other opportunities to experience great art in York County; auctions, and special exhibitions.
The Arts Council is proud to host 2 different visual arts competitions each year!
The Photography Competition The competition is open to artists of all levels in surrounding regions. This project is designed to develop a greater appreciation of photography and develop a broader community view of photography as an art. We also have a youth division of this competition.
This competition is open to artists of all levels in the United States and accepts all visual arts (including video).
In 2013, the Arts Council hosted the 10th Annual Literary and 2nd Annual Youth Literary Competitions! Entries were accepted in two categories: short story and poetry.
Each category, short story and poetry, was judged independently. Authors were permitted to enter both categores and entries were eligible to win an award in each competition, however, there were no repeat prizewinners within the categories.
Contratulations to the winners of the 2013 Literary Competition!
Awards for the 10th Annual Literary Competition | Poetry
1st Place: Motet 8: Greece by Alexander Muller
2nd Place: German Guilt by Melanie Griffin
3rd Place: Tunnel by Harriet Goode
Awards for the 10th Annual Literary Competition | Short Story
1st Place: The Crazy House by Tamra Wilson
2nd Place: The Last of the Warners by Carol Roan
3rd Place: Pine Grove Maw by Ellen Caldwell
Awards for the 2nd Annual Youth Literary Competition | Poetry
1st Place: Unbreakable by Charlotte Pollack
2nd Place: Shadows of Desire by Jonathan Bogart
3rd Place: Seasons by Sarah Garner
Awards for the 2nd Annual Youth Literary Competition | Short Story
1st Place: Wonder Girl by Julia Breitkreutz
2nd Place: In Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Alison Thrash
3rd Place: With Love by Jordan Waskow