The Cultural Alliance of York County has selected 5 Navigators to assist in connecting York County artists and Creative Entrepreneurs to available resources. Navigators will work one-on-one with grant applicants to provide guidance, resources and technical assistance as applicants fine-tune their grant ideas and make future plans for their careers.
Fill out a Letter of Interest and get connected with a Navigator or business mentor here.
Carla Christopher (she/her/hers) is a poet-activist, cultural competency trainer, and ordained redevelopment/congregational vitality pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – one of the first out LGBTQ Black women ordained in her denomination. Carla was the 4th Poet Laureate of York, PA and has toured the globe as a performer, multiply published and award-winning author, public speaker, and workshop facilitator / trainer.
Susan is the owner and curator of HIVE artspace Gallery in York, PA. She studied at the University of California San Diego, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts. Although versed in many mediums, Susan focuses primarily on photography, assemblage, and print-making. In addition to being a working artist, Susan has a passion for community building and supporting the growing art scene in York and the surrounding areas.
Joslin Kearse is a performance artist and York City native, also known as Soul Cry. She began writing and performing spoken word in 2005 and has featured in numerous venues and slams across the East Coast. She was awarded Poet of the Year for 2007 and 2008 at the Central PA Hip Hop Awards and currently has two CD’s to her credit entitled “Destiny’s Calling” and “The Love Chronicles”. Ms. Kearse also holds an Associates Degree in Business Management from Yorktowne Business Institute, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University and a Master’s degree in Business from Eastern University in 2014.
A retired music educator, Andrew Smith lives outside of Hanover, his hometown. He has exhibited at arts guilds, juried shows, and both solo photography and clay monoprint exhibits at the Adams County Arts Council in Gettysburg. Andy is a past president of the Hanover Area Arts Guild and is a member of the Adams County Arts Council, the Maryland Federation of Art, and the Delaplaine Arts Center.
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Jess McPherson is an award-winning multi-disciplinary fine artist and master craftsperson, born and raised in North Hopewell Township, York County, PA. She has worked professionally as an artist since 2004. Since then, Jess served as gallery director for community arts center, YorkArts (now Creative York); independent teaching and showing artist/craftsperson; cultural educator for Native American LifeLines urban Indian health program; powwow vendor; and arts consultant. She currently works as Finance Director for Native American LifeLines and serves as volunteer and board member of Circle Legacy Center, a Native American cultural awareness and preservation organization.
Jess has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (’05) and Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (’19). She is a University of Pennsylvania/National Arts Strategies certified Arts & Culture Strategist as well as a Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Master Artisan.