What is PACE?

PACE (Public Art Community Engagement) Neighbors is a 1.5-year grant-funded program 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, a federal agency; 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.


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

Public Art Community Engagement (PACE)

Joshua F. Beltre
Engagement Specialist


PACE is part of the Department of Neighborhood Engagement.

Teatro Paloma

Teatro Paloma is a Lancaster based LatinX theatre company that seeks to represent the rich cultural identities and talents of the LatinX population through plays and originally devised works in both English and Spanish. The company strives to be a creative hub to equip generations of LatinX performers for the purposes of supporting individual members and shaping our surrounding arts community.

Shauna Yorty

Shauna Yorty is a multi-disciplinary artist planting seeds and building connections in Lancaster City. She grows food, medicine, art and community in the southeast neighborhood of Mussertown.

Libby Modern

Libby Modern, owner and founder of Modern Art is a practicing artist and designer focused on social and community issues in Lancaster City. She works with other artists, neighbors, and community organizations on art and design projects that address issues such as climate change, voter registration, technology, education, and arts advocacy.

Matty Geez

Matty Geez representing the LGBTQ+ community lives in the realm of sculptures. His works verge on the edge of fantastic while holding onto familiar botanical shapes. Juxtaposition of hard and soft along with use of color explores gender identities and breaking the binary.

Sir Dominique Jordan

Sir Dominique Jordan, co-founder of Tru2You and curator of The Block Rite Program is known for his artivism, spoken word poetry, and community leadership and has been serving his neighborhood and surrounded areas for over a decade now. The Block Rite Program was developed to beautify Lancaster City, build neighborly relationships, and empower young children and adults in a brand new way.

Program Goals
Program Timeline
Selection Process
Program Goals

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:

  1. Form a diverse cohort of five (5) local artists with various levels of formal arts training who have a desire to extend their studio practice into the public realm.
  2. Support the implementation and professional development of the artist cohort in creating temporary public art projects.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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

Selection Process

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.

Artist Selection Toolkit (PDF)