Last updated: 2/13/2012
Yorktown Arts Foundation
Yorktown, Virginia
Address
7907 Geo. Washington Memorial Highway
Yorktown, VA 23692
phone: 757-898-3076
Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admissions
Free
Museum Type(s)
Art
Staff
Helen Hughes, Gallery Manager
phone: 757-898-3076
Description

The Yorktown Arts Foundation was established in 1975 and has served our community continuously since that time. The Foundation’s roots began with the Arts Committee of the York County Bicentennial Committee, and the Foundation was established and chartered in November 1975 in order to promote and support the arts for the citizens of York County and the surrounding area.

Since its establishment, the Yorktown Arts Foundation has operated an art center and gallery to effectively execute the goals of the foundation. Initially, the Yorktown Creative Arts Center was operated from a location on Church Street. Subsequently, the Foundation moved into the former Superintendent’s House, donated by the Colonial National Historic Park, and relocated to a site on the corner of Ballard Street and Alexander Hamilton Boulevard, in the historic areas of Yorktown. From this location, the Foundation operated the "On The Hill Cultural Arts Center" from 1981 until 2003. In 2003, the property on Ballard Street was sold and the Foundation moved its site to the current location at 7907 George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown, operating as Gallery on the York.

Throughout its history, the Foundation has remained committed to its original objectives to promote and support the arts through programs and other endeavors for the benefit of the citizens of York County and the surrounding area. By operating a gallery, the Foundation provides an opportunity for local and regional artists to display their works. Further, through the conduct of featured shows, many of which are juried, our artists are provided an opportunity to showcase their work for the public, to compete for prizes and recognition, and to increase their knowledge of art through the association with other artists and jurors. Almost every show also incorporates a reception, open to the public, which provides our guest with the opportunity to enjoy an evening event centered on the works of our local artists.

In addition to those programs, the Foundation host events featuring the works of York County Schools Art Teachers, as well as shows for art students from Elementary, Middle and High School arts programs in the county. We conduct monthly outreach programs such as providing art instruction and events for the residents of the York County Convalescent Center. We host gallery visits from several local retirement communities, and we sponsor monthly luncheons with guest speakers who provide insights and programs on their artwork and techniques. Finally, our artist members offer a host of instructional programs throughout the year that are offered at a nominal fee and are open to the public.

From its inception, the Foundation has depended on the support of local citizens as well as income derived from grants and commissions on sales of member artists’ works in order to cover the cost of programs and operations. The foundation is established as a non-profit corporation under the laws of Virginia and its directors and officers serve without compensation.

History

The Yorktown Arts Foundation was established in 1975 and has served our community continuously since that time. The Foundation’s roots began with the Arts Committee of the York County Bicentennial Committee, and the Foundation was established and chartered in November 1975 in order to promote and support the arts for the citizens of York County and the surrounding area. Since its establishment, the Yorktown Arts Foundation has operated an art center and gallery to effectively execute the goals of the foundation. Initially, the Yorktown Creative Arts Center was operated from a location on Church Street. Subsequently, the Foundation moved into the former Superintendent’s House, donated by the Colonial National Historic Park, and relocated to a site on the corner of Ballard Street and Alexander Hamilton Boulevard, in the historic areas of Yorktown. From this location, the Foundation operated the “On The Hill Cultural Arts Center” from 1981 until 2003. In 2003, the property on Ballard Street was sold and the Foundation moved its site to the current location at 7907 George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown, operating as Gallery on the York. Throughout its history, the Foundation has remained committed to its original objectives to promote and support the arts through programs and other endeavors for the benefit of the citizens of York County and the surrounding area. By operating a gallery, the Foundation provides an opportunity for local and regional artists to display their works. Further, through the conduct of featured shows, many of which are juried, our artists are provided an opportunity to showcase their work for the public, to compete for prizes and recognition, and to increase their knowledge of art through the association with other artists and jurors. Almost every show also incorporates a reception, open to the public, which provides our guest with the opportunity to enjoy an evening event centered on the works of our local artists. In addition to those programs, the Foundation host events featuring the works of York County Schools Art Teachers, as well as shows for art students from Elementary, Middle and High School arts programs in the county. We conduct monthly outreach programs such as providing art instruction and events for the residents of the York County Convalescent Center. We host gallery visits from several local retirement communities, and we sponsor monthly luncheons with guest speakers who provide insights and programs on their artwork and techniques. Finally, our artist members offer a host of instructional programs throughout the year that are offered at a nominal fee and are open to the public. From its inception, the Foundation has depended on the support of local citizens as well as income derived from grants and commissions on sales of member artists’ works in order to cover the cost of programs and operations. The foundation is established as a non-profit corporation under the laws of Virginia and its directors and officers serve without compensation.

Educational Programs

  • We support a number of outreach programs with the local community. See the Fact Sheet text provided above under History / Institutional Essay.
Governance

Elected Board of Directors and Officers - All staff are volunteer members of the foundation.

Publications

  • Quarterly Newsletter for Members
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