Art for Rural America Receives ACAF Grant for GreenSpace Project

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $720 grant to Art for Rural America. This non-profit organization plans to build a new green space in an empty lot in Wellsville where the old Fassett hotel was located which is next to the former Pizza Hut building. They are calling this project the, “The Fassett GreenSpace”.

The plans are to transform the vacant lot into a sculpture park for the public to explore as urban meditation. It will include a large-scale concrete meditation labyrinth created with 3 foot wide by 16 inch tall rounded garden beds. There will be a 3 foot wide path between the garden beds.

Art for Rural America envisions that The Fassett GreenSpace will become more than just a set of raised vegetable beds. It will be an outdoor classroom for local schools and adult programs, a tool to combat food insecurity for local residents, and a showcase of resilience, creativity, and collaboration within Allegany

The plans for this project are to start construction in April with a completion date some time in May. If you would like to support this project, you can mail a check to: Art for Rural America, 130 Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 9 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more  information on how you can provide a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact Denis Dahlgren at the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at:

In the attached check presentation picture (L to R): Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director; Elaine Hardman, Art for Rural America Board Member; Cassandra Bull, President of Art for Rural America and Andrew Harris, Art for Rural America Board Member.