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 Gallery 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.
Mark is a Graphic Designer, Instructor, Screen Printer, Artist and maker of all things creative. He has been with The Parliament from the very beginning, and has been a huge part of our story!
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.