The Parliament Arts Organization was originally founded in 2010 as a community arts collective to give overlooked creative professionals an opportunity to share their talents publicly. Quickly our art shows began to draw the masses, and artists’ studios and galleries started taking over the vacant storefronts—highlighting the public’s desire for more opportunities to support and appreciate local artists’ abilities.
The Parliament’s role then transitioned into its present one of
- advocacy on behalf of the expanding artist community in York; and
- advancement of the economic growth of both the Royal Square District—defined as the block between King, Duke, Queen, and Princess Streets—and the broader York Metro Area.