The Arts Council of York County connects people through art, culture, dance, drama, film & music with a vision to create and support a thriving, diverse, and vibrant community in York County, SC.


Founded in 1977, the Arts Council of York County strives to serve York County and the surrounding area.



The mission is to create arts programming that encourages education, economic development and arts advocacy through unique art experiences that engage the community to make York County a regional arts destination. The vision is to create and support a thriving, diverse and vibrant arts community in York County.

Centrally located in historic Old Town Rock Hill, South Carolina, the Arts Council has established an arts anchor on three blocks of Main Street. The Center for the Arts, housed in two 100-year-old buildings, is currently home to the Arts Council offices, classroom space, artist studios and three gallery spaces.


The Gettys Art Center, also one of Rock Hill’s historic buildings, is home to Downtown Artistry, the Rock Hill Pottery Center, Concerts at the Courtroom, and artist studios, including Friday Arts Project.


Planning a wedding, business meeting or other special occasion? All of the Arts Council spaces are available to rent for your upcoming event.  Visit our Facilities Rental page for more information.

A single, tax-deductible donation to the Arts Council supports arts education, music, theater, dance, literary arts and visual arts and assists major arts organizations.  The Arts Council also serves the community through diverse arts programming throughout the year and the small grants program with awards made quarterly.

The Arts Council is committed to building York County as an arts destination. Visit our membership page or contact us at (803)328-2787 to find out how you can get involved.

Located in the first state-designated Cultural District in South Carolina.

Recipient of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts.



The Board of Directors and staff of the Arts Council of York County are made up by a diverse group of individuals who work in the arts or are otherwise committed to bringing the arts to the forefront in York County.


Priscilla Nealy, President


Erica Smith, Vice President
  Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra


Melanie E. Jones, Immediate Past President 

  York Technical College

Hali Christopher, Treasurer

  Westminster Catawba Christian School

Michael B. Smith, Secretary

  Morton & Gettys


Josiah Blevins


Rebecca Bridges

  House of Drennan

Stephen Crotts

  Independent Artist

Michelle DiEduardo

  Community Volunteer

Matthew L. Dosch

  Comporium Communications

Eric D. Eaddy

  Atrium Health

Dr. Wanda K. W. Ebright

  Winthrop University College of Visual and

  Performing Arts

Jessica Helen Edwards

  Old Town Theatre Company

Erika Hogan

  New Attitude Performing Arts Center
Kirk H. Irwin

  Friday Arts Project

Dr. John Jones, Jr.

  Rock Hill School District 3

Gerry King

  Independent Artist

Martin Lane

  City of Rock Hill

Alison Mallard

  Culture & Heritage Museums

Dr. Brad Sabelli

  Arts Advocate & Educator
Gale Y. Teaster

  Community Volunteer

Robert Wildman

  Winthrop University

 Suzie Wright

  Community Volunteer


Melanie Cooper

Interim Associate Director of Programming & Marketing

Reba Bowens

Interim Associate Director of Operations & Membership

Karen Collins

Underexposed Film Festival yc

Festival Director


Jesslyn Armstrong

Graphic Designer | Administrative Assistant


Michael Gentry

Gallery Manager