Last Saturday the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc.(ACASA), Alfred University, and Partners for Prevention in Allegany County(PPAC) held their annual Paint for Prevention at Saxon Drive on Alfred University’s campus. The purpose of the event is to give students the opportunity to share their thoughts about alcohol, substance abuse, and other health topics in a creative way. The event was completely free for the students and were supplied with all the chalk, paint, and spray bottles they needed to create their artwork. While the students were creating their chalk masterpieces ACASA and PPAC staff were on hand to talk to the students about an array of topics. The event was able to take place as the artists were spaced out to maintain social distancing and wore masks when they could not socially distance.
Sixteen students participated, while many more stopped by and talked at the PPAC tent. One of the main topics of discussion was the increase in substance abuse during COVID-19 and what the students thought about the rise. Many gave positive alternatives to drinking alcohol from sketching to going for hikes to maintaining good mental health. First place went to Shelby Hoffstattev, Second Place went to Josie Fasolino and Third Place went to Amber Taggert. “Even though we hoped for more artists, it was great just to see the students out in the nice weather creating awesome chalk art,” said ACASA Community Educator Ann Weaver. If you would like to see more pictures please visit www.ppaccentral.org/paint-for-prevention/ , you can also follow PPAC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on PPAC Central.