AFRA is interested in further transforming the Fassett lot into a place for healthy living, which includes providing outlets for creativity, such as art, music, and poetry. Phase II of the Fassett GreenSpace Project, which was funded in August of 2018, involves the installation of sculptural outdoor instruments (designed by Harmony Freenotes Park). Outdoor instruments are accessible by a wide audience, and therefore encourage group play between people of all ages and abilities, sharing the joy of music, improvisation, and expression both emotionally and physically. AFRA has installed all six outdoor instruments with the help of volunteers from Alfred State College and Northern Lights Candles.
On Saturday, November 10, the Wellsville community was invited to be among the first to play, to bang and trill and tap, on Allegany County’s only Outdoor Musical Instruments/ Art for Rural America (AFRA) invited the public to their presentation of this ensemble of six large sculptural instruments.
Dustin Woodard, Assistant Professor of Percussion at Houghton College and visiting Professor of Music at Alfred University, demonstrated his improvisation skills with untrained assistants to show that the instruments are meant for fun at a variety of skill levels. This event will showcased his spontaneous skill at a venue that promoted both the value of play and, for some, a lifelong interest in music.
In August of 2018, Art for Rural America received a grant from the KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge, supported by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The Play Everywhere Challenge calls for innovative design ideas that will create opportunities for play in unexpected places. With the help of volunteers from Alfred State College, AFRA was able to lay the concrete pads for the instruments. AFRA’s board hopes that these sculptural instruments designed and built by FreeNotes Harmony Park will encourage family play and all the benefits that have fun brings to children.
AFRA applied for the grant with the hope that this installation of permanent stainless steel instruments, designed to withstand the elements, would further the goal of the Fassett Greenspace to encourage healthy living by recognizing that play is essential to the development of all children. Through the community-driven design competition, this Play Everywhere project will make it easier for Allegany County residents to play every day.
INSTALLING THE INSTRUMENTS
AFRA would like to host outdoor venues at the Fassett GreenSpace after construction of the outdoor ampitheater space.