Kelley Gibson grew up in Jackson, New Jersey, a bedroom town that sprung up as a more affordable alternative to big cities and where people are always commuting somewhere else.
She estimates Glory’s Market, founded in 1964, is one of the longest standing landmarks in the town.
“There was no center, no history, no tie to the community,” she says.
When she moved to York in the early 1990s to attend York College of Pennsylvania, she fell in love with a city that had the beauty of history everywhere she looked.
“Coming here and walking around, seeing the buildings from the 1700s — it was just amazing,” she remembers.
Years later, Kelley continues to admire York’s history and artistic beauty. She’s been helping others do the same with the Cultural Alliance of York County, which named her president last month.
Helping arts in the community
With the new title, Kelley is hoping to bring a new way of thinking, pivoting the group so that the Cultural Alliance can better serve community organizations.
Under Kelley’s guidance, the Cultural Alliance is using design thinking – a problem-solving business process utilizing intensive customer interviews to guide solutions – to better accomplish its mission of fueling the creative energy and vibrancy of the York community.