In 2010, the tenants of 116 E. King St. had the idea to turn their townhouse into a community art space. They had several gifted friends and acquaintances that rarely had the opportunity to share their artistic talents. So with the help of the community, the tenants formed a nonprofit community arts collective. In just one year, The Parliament Arts Organization’s shows began to draw the masses, filling the block with excitement and energy and cementing its place as York’s advocate for talented and overlooked creative professionals.
Since our start in just 2011, our revitalization efforts have brought in over seventeen new businesses including artist studios, galleries, and boutiques to the Royal Square District. We remain an affordable place for artists to work and grow by providing studio space and collaborating on community events and revitalization efforts.
Are you an artist that is interested in displaying work or finding affordable studio space in an inspiring environment? Contact us.
Our Executive Director, Alexandra, has been facilitating the personal expression of creativity and the performing arts since high school. Those early experiences booking bands led to a stint in artist development and promotion at some of the biggest labels in the industry: EMI, Capitol Records, Blue Note Records, Virgin Records and Universal Motown. In 2011, she founded The Parliament, in the heart of Royal Square. Her work at The Parliament has helped springboard the careers of a new generation of creatives.
Our Programs Director, Stacy, has always had a strong interest in the Arts and anything creative. While attending The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania for Graphic Design, she was able to intern with the Department of Economic & Community Development at City Hall, focusing on Marketing/Graphic Design. During her internship she developed a love for York City that has only grown since.
Our Gallery Director, Cooper, has loved the arts since her early childhood. She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus in Painting and Printmaking, and is currently earning a Certificate in Web Design from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. Cooper worked with different galleries contributing and curating shows in Richmond, VA. While a new-comer to Southern Pennsylvania, she has fallen in love with the area and knows this is exactly where she is supposed to be.
Diemo is two passionate filmmakers on the endless hunt for the unseen and unheard. Your lives, your passions, and your ideas are their opportunity to reveal the cinematic details of a reality in constant motion. Check them out here.
Jill is a professional photographer that specializes in Women's portraiture. Her goal is to create soft, classic, artistic images, while helping women feel empowered and beautiful in their own skin. Check out her work here.
Kimberly is an oil painter and has been from the moment she began painting with oil her junior year of college. She holds a degree in studio art from the University of Maryland. Primarily a Still Life painter, she also enjoys painting dogs. After living in Key West, Florida, for two years she is now happy to call York, Pennsylvania her home.