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Announcing the 2022–23 PACE Neighbors Artist Cohort

January 5, 2022 | Department of Community Planning & Economic Development Public Art Program

Today the City of Lancaster announced the selection of five artists for its Public Art Community Engagement (PACE) Neighbors program. 

The 18-month grant-funded program is designed to support a cohort of local artists in making temporary public art projects to engage Lancaster city residents in discovering the connections between art and civic government. PACE Neighbors is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Franklin & Marshall College, the City of Lancaster’s Comprehensive Plan, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the High Family Foundation and the Rick and Gail Gray Fund. 

The following Lancaster city-based artists have been selected to receive the $15,000 commission and participate in the PACE Neighbors 2022-23 Cohort:

  • Matty Geez 
  • Dominique Miller 
  • Libby Modern 
  • Shauna Yorty 
  • Teatro Paloma 

The artists were selected by a committee of arts professionals, artists, community leaders, and two members of the Public Art Advisory Board. The Public Art Community Engagement Manager served as a non-voting member and facilitator of the process. 

As a cohort, these artists will have opportunities to connect with other practicing artists and various resources to augment their own work. Information gleaned through the community-based projects will inform the City’s upcoming comprehensive plan, while contributing to neighborhood pride and sense of place. 

The program has four main goals to accomplish over the course of the residencies: 

  • Form a diverse cohort of five local artists with various levels of formal arts training who have a desire to extend their studio practice into the public realm. 
  • Support the implementation and professional development of the artist cohort in creating temporary public art projects. 
  • Introduce the program artists to local community organizations for potential partnership and to assist the program artists in honing their social practice, presentation, communication, and other similar skills by providing them access to and training with visiting artists and other experts. 
  • Display the program artists’ work in the residency as part of a larger scale temporary public art installation and exhibition to be held at the Winter Visual Arts Center on the Franklin & Marshall College campus at the culmination of the one-year program period. 

PACE is an important step in Lancaster City’s journey in fostering the arts community. Informed by Mayor Sorace’s strategic plan, the program will play a critical part in identifying and addressing needs of each neighborhood. In the future, the City of Lancaster plans to continue to increase its investment in the arts via creative project funding opportunities. 

“PACE Neighbors will be key to creatively connecting our community to our comprehensive planning process,” said Mayor Danene Sorace. “I am excited to see local artists bring their talents to these conversations.” 

PACE Neighbors Program Timeline 

  • Phase 1:  Onboarding & Asset Mapping — December 2021–January 2022 
  • Phase 2:  Workshops — January–March 2022 
  • Phase 3:  Discoveries — March–July 2022 
  • Phase 4:  Exhibit Planning — September–December 2022 

Learn more about the PACE Neighbors program and the 2022-23 artist cohort at www.cityoflancasterpa.com/pace

To find out more about how the National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov