The York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA), staffed by YCEA, is excited to announce a new partnership with Re-source York and Kinsley Construction, showcasing innovative art in our Downtown.
Beginning today, a temporary installation mural will be designed on the Duke Street side of the Yorktowne Hotel as it continues undergoing revitalization. The creative genius behind this is none other than Jaysin Jefferson – artist and owner of Idle Hands Tattoo Parlor in York. Jefferson is well known for his mural at the York County Food Bank, as well as his featured art in Redux Contemporary Art Gallery in South Carolina. He also runs an organization called Uplyft Arts.
“We could all use a little hope and inspiration these days,” shared Jack Kay chair of the YCIDA. “The Yorktowne Hotel has always been an anchor of our Downtown, and is the ideal backdrop to provide some positivity. In this time of crisis, it’s a good reminder of the strength of York, and the love of our community.”
The installation will eventually be covered up with the permanent exterior wall, but will remain visible to the public until then. Jefferson plans to begin the installation today, May 21, and will take several days of cooperative weather to complete.
“We are grateful to Kinsley Construction and Re-source York for their careful planning and cooperation in this project,” added Kay.
“Kinsley is more than happy to supply equipment and coordinate construction to allow Jaysin to create this mural,” said Jan Wagner, Vice President at Kinsley. “It’s exciting to have his work displayed on the Yorktowne Hotel for the entire community to enjoy throughout the final phase of construction.”
Re-source York graciously donated the paint for Jefferson’s project, and have been supporters of the murals throughout Downtown York. “Discovering art in unique places throughout Downtown York is part of what inspires our community,” said Corey Wolfe, executive director of Re-source York. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support this installation on a building as notable as the Yorktowne Hotel. Even when the wall is finished and the art covered, we’ll forever remain part of that project.”
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The YCIDA is a governmental entity that champions redevelopment projects within York County. The Board Members of the YCIDA are appointed by the County Commissioners. Projects of note include the creation of three industrial parks, PeoplesBank Park, Marketview Arts and the Harley-Davidson West Campus redevelopment project. To learn more about the York County Industrial Development Authority, please visit www.ycida.org