(Source: YWCA Lancaster)
(Source: YWCA Lancaster)


The Lancaster YWCA is hosting a free Zoom webinar at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, to launch a major local initiative to promote Black creativity.

The YWCA said the effort, Black Artist Waystation, is "a historic first."

"We are exploring the link between Lancaster as a waystation on the Underground Railroad and the freedom seekers who rested here," the YWCA said in a statement, "to the struggle for freedom that continues today and the many moments in between of excellence, beauty, and joy."

Twenty-two artists have been nominated to take part. The initiative includes "Agents," who nominate artists, and "Conductors" who act as mentors. A full list of the artists is available on the YWCA Lancaster website.

An exhibition will take place on June 16, Juneteenth, and three "Exemplars" will receive $500 honorariums.

Monday's webinar will explore the vision behind Black Artist Waystation and show off nominees' work.

Panelists include:

  • Tony Collins, president, Blake Collins Group
  • Lenwood Sloan, creative director, consultant, art director
  • Javier Suarez, principal, Suarez Architecture


Advance registration for the Zoom webinar is requested via. To sign up, visit this link.

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