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For 13 years, the Parliament Arts Organization has called 116 E. King Street in the Royal Square District of Downtown York home. The Parliament quickly became York’s advocate for talented and overlooked creative professionals upon its founding in 2012. The Parliament’s successes have provided an avenue for other storefronts and businesses to open in the Royal Square District, from studios to galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and 30 hand-painted murals on the surrounding buildings. Last week, we announced that we will begin dissolving operations to sunset the Parliament Arts Organization by the end of March 2024.


Throughout its lifetime, The Parliament Arts Organization has hosted 15 Artists in residence and approximately 700 events ranging from art classes, Jazz Nights, Improv on the Rocks, King Street Jam, First Fridays, poetry and writing classes, and a variety of gallery exhibitions. In 2022, Parliament Arts was named a Cultural Alliance Impact Partner. In August of this year, The Parliament hosted the 2023 Mural Festival in partnership with Sprocket Mural Works, Royal Square Development & Construction, and YorkFest. The addition of the 17 new murals from 16 different artists was an effort to expand on the vibrancy of the Royal Square District.


Upon dissolution, the remaining funds from the Parliament will be directed to the Cultural Alliance Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program.


The success of countless projects and events wouldn't have been possible without the support of our donors and community. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has supported us throughout the years.

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