Arts Council of York County Announces 44th Annual Awards

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The Arts Council of York County held its 44th Annual Arts Celebration on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, during which, some of our most dedicated members and supporters were recognized. Two exhibits were on display in the galleries at the Center for the Arts during the Annual Celebration: SUPERimpose, works by Katherine Kesey and Michael Sorrow in the Dalton Gallery; and The Perfect Pair, works by Rebecca Jacobs in the Perimeter Gallery.
During the Annual Celebration, the Arts Council presented the nominations for new Board members, and outgoing Board members were recognized for their service to the Arts Council. Visitors were able to view a presentation featuring highlights from the 2020-2021 programming year and were given a sneak preview of the Arts Council’s Art Box Fundraiser.
BEN ARDREY VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD | John NIpe
Through his involvement with the Rock Hill Theatre and local music, John Nipe is a vital member of the arts in York County. He is a selfless leader who always goes the extra mile to make sure things are done precisely. Serving as the Vice President of the Rock Hill Theatre, Musical Director, and Technical Producer for many productions, Nipe’s passion and expertise has allowed the RHT to achieve exponential growth over the past few years. John’s work with the RHT have not gone unnoticed. He earned two Metrolina Theatre Awards nominations for his contributions to the RHT’s production of “Annie” in 2018.
His contributions extend beyond the theatre. Nipe is also works with Concerts at the Courtroom to mix sound for the Sidebar Sessions live music series, and he runs audio for area churches and schools. Through his business, Noise by John, he works in audio engineering and music production, producing recordings for local bands like GASP and Motel Glory. In the midst of the pandemic, John also began working in video production, adding another skill to this already talented member of the York County arts community. It is because of his commitment to the success of local theatre and music that John Nipe was named the 2021 Ben Ardrey Volunteer of the Year.
BUSINESS & THE ARTS AWARD | Slow Play Brewing
A favorite local place to hang out with friends, Slow Play Brewing means so much more to the York County community. Serving as an incubator space for food trucks, an art gallery, and a spot where locals know they can always hear fantastic local music on the weekends, Slow Play Brewing is committed to the success of small businesses. They also give back to the community through their monthly featured charities, and through donations to area nonprofits for fundraisers and events. It is because of their dedication and commitment to our community through partnerships with area nonprofits, support of local artists, and dedication to creating a space for everyone to enjoy that Slow Play Brewing was named the 2021 Business and the Arts Award recipient.

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