To kick off the start of Alfred University’s ‘18-‘19 school year, the fourth annual Paint for Prevention was held on Saturday, August 25th. Paint for Prevention is a chalk art competition open to Alfred University students. This year the main theme of the chalk art was tobacco, but the students could choose any prevention theme. There were many different prevention topics covered from substance abuse to domestic violence. “This event is a way for prevention agencies to reach college students and allow them a creative outlet to think of different issues faced by college students,” states PPAC Coalition/Reality Check Coordinator Jon Chaffee. “The art that is done by the students of Alfred University never fails to amaze; hopefully, the art has a positive effect on these young people,” states Chaffee.
This year there were forty-two artists who completed thirty-seven works of art. While the artists were working on their chalk art, the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc.(ACASA), Cattaraugus Community Action(CCA), Partners for Prevention in Allegany County(PPAC), and Tobacco Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany had informational tables to let the students know of resources available to them. “Although the students have access to resources on campus, awareness of external county resources is just as valuable, especially when a student can connect a face with an agency,” states Ann Weaver, Community Educator at ACASA. The students also had a chance to win an Alfred University sweatshirt by interacting with the different agencies. Clara Lager won first place, Monet Harris won second place, and third place went to Hannah Yaneloh. To check out all of the artwork, please visit https://ppaccentral.org/paint-for-prevention/ .