SheilaLynnK Art Studio ~ 2022 So far... 
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Creating Art and Equitable Access to Local Creative Things

Your voice matters ~ Survey Ends June 30th 
Thanks to my patrons, as a member of the Allegany County Wellness Committee, I helped ensure that the arts and holistic practices were included in the Community Health Assessment survey.
Used to determine the Community Health Improvement Plan
and Community Services program,
this survey informs how wellness funds are spent
in Allegany County, NY.
In addition to many questions regarding chronic illness, physical fitness, and preventive care; there are also questions about how the arts support your wellness and opportunities to speak about holistic resources.
Please help us reach our goal. More than ½ way there!
As of June 14th we have 362 completed surveys. Our goal is 500 surveys (about 1% of our population)
and the last day for the survey is Thursday, June 30, 2022.
Allegany County Residents please Scan the QR code on the flyer below to complete the survey on-line. Just open your smartphone camera and put the QR code in the frame of the picture then a link will appear to access the survey
 OR use this web address to find the survey on your computer:
(Share the link with other Allegany County Residents)
READ THE RESULTS, Outcomes and Objectives OF THE 2019-2021 Allegany County CHA Survey
Years ago, when I was stumbling (literally) along to find ways to creatively adapt to life with arachnoiditis; I discovered this program. Though my initial excitement was quickly stifled when I found it was not available for residents of Allegany County, I became determined to find out if there was a way to change that....eventually.
And... now...Here we are.
SheilaLynnK Art Studio is working with the Arts Services Initiative of Western NY and the Allegany Arts Association to bring the Erie and Niagara Counties Arts Access Pass Program to Allegany County, NY.
As a participating partner organization,
future SheilaLynnK Art Studio and Belfast Organization for Artists
events will be accessible via this program.
Providing a listing of affordable events and activities, free transportation, and admission to participating locations, this initiative is based on the belief that, "Participation in the arts is not just a luxury, but a human right and need. As such, the arts are not just for those who can pay, the arts are for all." 
"Arts Services Inc.'s Arts Access program aims to break the barriers of inaccessibility to the region's arts and culture sector. These barriers often include money, transportation, and knowledge of events. We partner with local theaters, galleries, and other arts and culture organizations to offer free or reduced-cost opportunities to low-income Western New York residents and their families. Arts Services Inc. envisions a region where anyone can engage with the arts."  

How to become a passholder. This free pass is available to anyone who receives income-based assistance, such as SNAP, HEAP, WIC, Medicaid, and more. Find out more
How to become a partner organization. ASI arts and cultural partners make this program work. As a program partner, you would provide a limited number of complimentary tickets and/or admission to Arts Access passholders. You can choose the events and number of passes that you are able to donate each month. In addition to exposing new audiences to your work, you can use this support in funding requests to show how you are supporting and making your work and mission accessible to the entire community. To learn more contact Arts Access Coordinator, Cameryn Handel at: Subject: Arts Access in Allegany County. 
Watch for more local Arts Access news: The Allegany Arts Association will be posting an announcement about how to use the Arts Access Pass program for FREE Summer Youth Activities and future events in the 2022-2023 program year. Not receiving AAA e-news updates? Subscribe HERE

During this free local workshop at Rise Above Holistic Wellness Cente

  • I will explain my definition of  "Creative Wellness" and how it impacts body, mind, and spirit.
  • Identify 5 Keys to Independent Sustainable Wellness
  • Discuss some of the wellness tools that work for me
  • Practice at least one of these tools ...more if time allows
  • Explain and plan for future workshops that provide hands-on practice with these tools and concepts from the Creative Wellness Independent Study program 
How do you define and assess "wellness"? 
Find out more about this

By supporting my work on Patreon, patrons like you make it possible for me to set aside the time and resources to offer our local community free creative classes and activities like this one.

As this was quite a popular class the first time we did it, the David A. Howe Library Adult reading program, with the 2022 theme of "Oceans of Possibility", has decided to ask me to offer it again. 

Local patrons, please contact the library to sign up.

Cherish the Little Things. Don't sweat the small stuff. 

Coming soon...

Amanda Nicole Curcio Memorial Scholarship Fund  
2022 Belfast Central School Recipient TBA 
on the BOFA Blog or find out on facebook

Founded in memory of Amanda in 2009, The Belfast Organization for Artists is a charitable community arts project of SheilaLynnK Art Studio
established to increase awareness and participation
in the Creative Arts in the Belfast, NY Area.

Find my new art, current projects, event updates,
and things to come on patreon first. 
Re-opening for local sales and services
in compliance with COVID guidelines TBA 

Current Index of 2022 Content Posted to Patreon
2021 Art, Blog, Posts, Events
2020 Art, Blog, Posts, Events
We believe Culture is a Human Right. 
Inspired by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture,
in November 2018 SheilaLynnK Art Studio adopted a Cultural Policy of Belonging
We give thanks for the land and those who cared for it before us. 
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