The United Way of York County is inviting members of the public to use their art skills to illustrate a famous Martin Luther King quote.

King, who led the civil rights movement more than 50 years ago, said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

"We want artists to show what they or the community can do as an answer to that question," said Zachary Reynolds, United Way's volunteer center coordinator. "We want people who see the artwork to find ways to get involved in their community."

The United Way is running its third annual Martin Luther King Positive Art Project, which features artwork created to mark Martin Luther King Day, officially observed Monday, Jan. 20.

King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and assassinated April 5, 1968.

The United Way has been accepting King artwork at its facility at 800 E. King St. in York City since Jan. 6 and will continue to do so until the end of the month. The organization is getting paintings done by students from local schools and participants in local organizations, according to Reynolds.

Art project event: The organization will hold a free King art project event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Salvation Army, 50 E. King St. in the city. The public can do drawings and paintings in recognition of King and his work, Reynolds said.

Art supplies will be available for participants. Registration is not required.

The artwork collected by the United Way will be on display this month through early February at local organization and businesses, including Maewyn's, Central Family Restaurant, White Rose Bar and Grill, Park Street Pantry, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Starbucks.

The first day for any of the art to be displayed is Monday, Reynolds said. The United Way also will display artwork at its facility, he said.

"I hope that this project will be a lesson on unity," Reynolds said. "We're really looking to have the community come together for this event."

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