Free Art for Youth this summer in Allegany County


Angelica Free Library will continue the four-decade tradition in 2023

From the Allegany Arts Association:

As The Allegany Arts Association closes, we are happy to announce that members of the community are stepping in to continue the AAA mission to provide free accessible arts services and activities to the local residents of Allegany County. 


The benefits of access to the arts for youth are many and include problem-solving abilities, creativity, literacy, fine & gross motor skills, connection & understanding, and individual wellness. Now hosted by the Angelica Free Library under the guidance of Susan Doran, former Allegany Arts Association Youth Activities Director, the popular Free Art for Youth program in Allegany County will continue to provide these free benefits to local youth. For forty years the Allegany Arts Association provided free “Arts” classes for students in the county during academic breaks.

As AAA closes, we are fortunate that the Angelica Free Library agreed to support the program so it may continue. Free Art for Youth is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. 

The Opening Day kick off event will be held on July 1st, 2023 at the Lavender Festival at the Park Circle in Angelica from 9am – 4 pm. Youth and parents will be able to check out all of the artistic opportunities available, make art, get information on where to sign up for future classes throughout Allegany County, and learn more about the Arts Access Pass Program. Drawing, painting, printing, book arts, music and dance are among the offerings at venues including local Libraries, parks, dance studios and at the Fountain Arts Center.

A Calendar of Events will be posted on the Angelica Free Library, Allegany Arts Association, and Belfast Organization for Artists websites and the AAA e-news, as well as posters around town and on facebook.If you are an artist interested in teaching our local youth or need more information about hosting a class please email the Free Art for Youth Activities Coordinator, Susan Doran at 
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