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New executive director named for Creative York

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Mindy Christian has been named executive director of Creative York.
Mindy Christian has been named executive director of Creative York. - (Photo / )

The arts nonprofit Creative York has named a new executive director, its second leader in less than a year.

Mindy Christian, formerly the nonprofit’s education director, is its new executive director. She replaces Amy Chamberlin, who was appointed to the role toward the end of last year.

Efforts to reach Christian and a Creative York spokesperson were not immediately successful Monday morning.

Christian has been involved with Creative York since 1995, starting as a volunteer for its Art in the Parks program, a summer outreach program for York city youth, according to a press release from the organization. Soon after she began teaching art courses.

As Creative York's education director for more than a decade, she oversaw a variety of programs, including a parking meter painting project in downtown York and West York.

In 2014 Christian won the E.B. Frock Memorial Award from York County Juvenile Court for Creative York's ArtWorks program in which teaching artists work with teens who are first-time offenders to express themselves creatively and build life skills. This year she received the 2016 York Public Arts Award from the city for Creative York's Art in the Parks Program.

She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Towson University, where she minored in fine art.

She also is a member of the York County Hispanic Coalition and Uptown York Rotary Club, as well as the National Guild for Community Arts Education and Americans for the Arts.

Based in downtown York, Creative York operates three art galleries, art classes for all ages and several community outreach programs.

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