Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council

March 18,

2 pm

 Community Hymn Sing at Historic Monaghan - The program will be led by Claire Zeiders, Doug Riley, and Herb Bomberger (who will share some history of the hymns). Join us for this always popular event!

April 15,

1 pm 

(Franklintown Fire Hall)

Basket Bingo Fundraiser - Come out and support our fundraising efforts to help repair the Historic Monaghan Church. Incredible prizes! Loads of Fun!
May 12, 9am - 1pmArts in the Alley/Picklefest - This year our Arts in the Alley event will team up with the Picklefest Community event on Greenbriar Lane. Free arts activities for the whole family!
OngoingFree Spirit Watercolor Class 
Mondays from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 a.m     See the visual arts page​​​​

Read more information below about the impact that the Arts Council has had on the community and find out how you can help be a part of our campaign.

You can contribute!

(and receive a tax credit)

Click here for the Donation Form

 Fall Concerts sponsored by the Cultural Alliance of York County Creative Impact Grant.

Dillsburg Arts Council Begins Capital Campaign

Begin Polar Bear Dance Camp was started in 2017 and run by Jason Reed, the instructor for the Artist in Residency Program.

Now state and federal funding for programs and repair of the historic church have diminished to a point that it threatens the continuation of these programs. The roof on the church is in need of repair and in order to do that monies would have to be used that pay for our programs. This is something we do not want to do, so we are reaching out to the community for donations to assist with the maintenance of Historic Monaghan (the oldest Presbyterian Church west of the Susquehanna River) and take care of the roof.

Watch the Dillsburg Banner and our Web Site for future news and articles on the project and “thank you” so very much for all your support in the past and for our future.

Jay Young

Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council 

The Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council will begin a Capital Campaign for the fall of 2017. This is the first attempt at a project, such as this, and is a result of decreased state and federal funding for projects involving the arts and the repair of historic structures.

The Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council has been actively involved in the improvement of the Dillsburg Area community since 1998.

Some of the projects we have been involved in are:

The Town Clock and that evolved into making the Square a park area with four themes, (the Town Theme with the clock and Dillsburg sign, the Holiday Theme with the Christmas tree, the Dillsburg Sign with the message board and the Patriotic Theme to honor our Veterans).

Securing a grant from Hometown Streets and assisting in securing the lights at the square and thru the business district, new sidewalks and putting the electricity underground for the Farmers Fair booths.

Start the Heritage Days programs run at the Northern York County School District and the purchase of supplies for that program and writing of the curriculum.

Provide concerts and programs at Historic Monaghan Church and in 2014 officially becoming a non-profit and signing an agreement to purchase the historic church.

Getting the church recognized by the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission as a Historic Site in 2014.

Starting the Artist in Residency program for ALL third grade students in the NYCSD to specifically assist children with making the right choices in the cases of bullying, peer pressure, the loss of loved ones, and family crisis.

Hold the Arts in the Alley event, an interactive activity for the entire family, run for the second year in 2017.

Run an Art Camp every summer in August, for four days, at the Historic Church. Pre-K thru 8th grade programs are offered.

Become a "Friend of Dillsburg Arts" - Support this project with a tax-deductible donation. Download Donation Form

coming up

Here are the latest in what we have to offer in free classes, speakers, and performances.

Dillsburg is a thriving community offering many programs and learning opportunities in the arts. Explore this website to find out how you can participate!



Past programs provided by the Dillsburg Arts Council have included:

  • Rebel Hearts Irish Dancers
  • Polar Bear Singers
  • Northern String Quartet
  • Pigeon Hill Station- country music
  • The Eaken Trio- chamber music
  • Susquehanna Travellers
  • Pa. Woodwind Quintet- chamber music and popular
  • Reese Project- jazz
  • Free Spirit Watercolor Class (ongoing)
  • Dillsburg Watercolor Class art show
  • Summer Art Camp for elementary age students
  • Watercolor workshop by Yachiyo Beck
  • Creating a "bound journal" workshop
  • Art Journaling techniques
  • Harrisburg Mandolin Quintet
  • Dillsburg Brass
  • Carol Knisley- show tunes
  • Old Time Hymn Sing
  • Letters Home at Christmas- Civil War Soldiers ( a reading)
  • The Sea Dogs- pirates chants and songs
  • Irish Rovers- Irish music
  • Music assemblies at the local elementary schools
  • Occasional Saxophone Quartet

 These cover a few of the performances and programs sponsored by the Dillsburg Arts and revitalization Council.  It is our endeavor to feature local artists and youth whenever possible also to have programs for young people to inspire them to develop their talents in the arts.