Cheer the Arts to Life at Spruce’d Up
Cultural Alliance joins the Spruce’d Up! event hosted by the York Revolution with help from sound and light engineer, Andy Babin.
The Cultural Alliance of York County has joined over 40 York-based organizations in participating in Spruce’d Up! A free, family friendly Christmas Tree walk along the concourse at PeoplesBank Park, presented by York Traditions Bank. The Cultural Alliance’s tree, designed by lead artist Andy Babin, lights up in reaction to viewers cheering and proximity, as a reminder of the things we love and currently miss about live events. With many theaters and arts organizations going dark during the pandemic, event-goers are encouraged to help keep the arts “lit up” by interacting with the unique tree installation.
PeoplesBank Park is currently open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday until December 20 for the Spruce’d Up event. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite tree (at no cost), with charitable contributions being awarded to the top 3 most popular trees.
Along with decorations and mementos from Cultural Alliance partners, board members, and staff, the tree is joyfully interactive. “We wanted to create a moment for the visitor to remember that feeling of cheering, clapping, having something created right in front of their eyes,” said Kelley Gibson, President of the Cultural Alliance. “Through his expertise, Andy was able to create an interactive moment where the tree responds to your emotions and joy-there’s nothing like it.”
Artist Andy Babin is a systems engineer as well as a video and lighting programmer, most recently working on the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2020 NBC Universal Upfront. His background is primarily in live events however he has found himself in the film and streaming worlds in recent times. Andy took a special interest in helping with the design of the Cultural Alliance’s tree as the majority of the live shows he typically works on have been canceled.
More information about Spruce’d Up! Presented by York Traditions Bank can be found at YorkRevolution.com/SprucedUp.
Founded as a United Arts Fund in 1999, the Cultural Alliance’s annual campaign currently supports eight partner agencies that are essential to arts and culture in our community and over the last 20 years has invested over $10.4 million in cash and $2.2 million in in-kind support for the arts. Under its new more inclusive and diverse operating model, The Cultural Alliance will be expanding its funding to further grow and strengthen arts and culture in York County.
For more information, call the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255, visit our website at www.culturalyork.org, visit the Cultural Alliance of York on Facebook, and follow @CulturalYork on Twitter.