No matter where you turn in York County, the communities are obviously impacted by various art mediums. Whether it be a coworking space for artists, galleries, community theater, or music, the arts are very much alive across the county.
The Arts Council of York County has been committed for more than 40 years to bring arts programming, education, and art advocacy to the public.
Here’s some of the ways you can enjoy the arts across York County!
Tour a Gallery:
Located right on Main Street in Rock Hill, this hub for artists and the Arts Council of York County holds not just one, but two galleries. The Dalton Gallery hosts multiple exhibits a year in the main area, The Edmund D Lewandowski Classroom Gallery, and the Perimeter Gallery. This two story gallery boasts art from every angle, down to the handrails that were custom made by blacksmiths to honor the history of the building.
Established in January 2015, Gallery 120 was created as a community art gallery with a mission to build a strong vibrant Arts community and encourage growth & exposure of professional and emerging artists while educating our community in the Fine Arts.
The Gallery@LOOM, an event space within LOOM Coworking, is available for arfter hours and weekend rental to private groups as well as for educational and business functions. Changing exhibits of original, regional art will make a stunning backdrop for your meeting, class or event.
Walk inside the City of Rock Hill’s offices and you’ll be greeted by a stunning rotunda. Upstairs the rotunda holds rotating art galleries for you to view. This is a free community gallery that is meant to help highlight emerging artists.
You don’t have to step foot in a building to view this art gallery. As part of a new initiative to bring art to the people, Alleys as Galleries formed. On Cotton Alley off of Main Street Rock Hill you can view several artists work. The pieces in this alley feature local and regional artists.
The Gettys Art Center is the pulse of the arts community. Home to several artist’s studios and galleries like the Courtroom Gallery, it’s a haven of creative space. You’ll also find two pottery shops inside and the Friday Arts Project. There’s also a gallery that sits in the courtroom upstairs as well. The Courtroom also holds a concert series featuring lots of local artists. To follow along for their schedule, click here.
Winthrop University Galleries presents up to 18 professional, faculty, and student exhibitions annually and offers accompanying educational programs, visiting artists, and opening receptions to inspire and enrich the lives of Winthrop students, faculty, staff, and regional audiences. Students also gain hands-on experience working as gallery assistants. Exhibitions and events are always free and open to the public. There are three galleries in two buildings; the Rutledge and Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Galleries in Rutledge Building and Lewandowski Student Gallery in McLaurin Hall.
The Rock Hill Community Theatre puts on multiple shows a year for several nights of family friendly fun! The theatre does popular shows like Annie and Into The Woods! You can buy a season pass or simply pick and choose performances to attend. The Theatre will perform The Dixie Swim Club and Bye Bye Birdie this year. Click the link for dates.
For nearly 40 years, the Fort Mill Playhouse has entertained in various locations, but has now found it’s home on Main Street. The Theater boasts plays and dramatic works of all kinds at affordable rates. The company has a slew of upcoming plays you can’t miss. Check the link for dates.
This historic theater not only shows movies on a single drop down screen, but they’re a small music venue for large and small acts. The building is more than 100 years old and still packs it in every weekend. This is a must see destination on your visit to York County.
Don’t miss a chance to see this gorgeous historic site in York. The McCelvey Center is the original site of the Yorkville Female Academy founded in 1852 and includes the 500-seat Lowry Family Theater. The Culture and Heritage Museum holds their annual Southern Sound Series here, filled with big name musical acts. Interested in catching a show, click here for tickets.
Located in downtown Fort Mill, Olive’s Mud Puddle is the perfect coffee shop that ties in all things creative. Founder and artist Debbie Whitsett opened the “The Mud Puddle” in 2016 to do just that. Home for unique pottery, art classes, and open mic nights, this is the perfect place to let your creative juices flow.
Don’t let the School Auditorium name fool you, this performing arts series packs the 1500 seat facility full for their big time entertainment. In the series’ 17th season, they’re bringing in a wide variety of events like theatre, concerts, dance recitals and so much more. To see the season’s line up, click here.
Just formed in 2017, the Rock Hill Symphony is adding a new level of orchestra music to York County. With several concerts scheduled in 2019, you’ll have to be sure to catch a performance!