PERRY – Returning to New York from Seattle after losing her job during the COVID-19 pandemic, Allison Hamilton has been a blessing to the Arts Council for Wyoming County, 31 South Main St.
Hamilton started volunteering for the ACWC in August 2020, assisting with odd jobs such as scanning documents and shredding an abundance of paper.
“I was getting stir crazy and looking for something to focus on,” said Hamilton, 30, who is staying with her aunt in Warsaw during her extended visit.
Impressed by her work ethic – and after she learned that Hamilton has experience in commercial marketing – ACWC Executive Director Jacqueline Swaby applied for a grant which will allow Hamilton to work with AmeriCorps in a marketing position for ACWC.
“She has just been an incredible gift sent to us. We’re enjoying her talents and we’re incredibly grateful. She’s smart and we’re glad to have her,” said Swaby. “I’ve been mentoring her, and she’s really become an asset. We’re hoping we can find the funds to keep her.”
The one-year AmeriCorps commitment, which began March 16, will allow Hamilton to provide public relations and marketing for the ACWC, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, and the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts and will generate a small, educational stipend for Hamilton.
She started just days after “AmericCorps Week” is celebrated March 7 to 13. The national service program enrolls more than 270,000 individuals annually to serve organizations within communities throughout the United States, including non-profit and faith-based organizations.
“I think we have a really exciting year ahead. We’re really working hard to continue to bring arts to the area,” said Hamilton. “During this economic shortfall, we keep supporting local artists.”
Hamilton, who earned a degree in English literature from Ithaca College, is broadening the council’s reach on social media platforms by continuing to inform community members about upcoming events.
Among those programs:
n The Perry High School Art Exhibition continues through March 26 at the ACWC Main Gallery. There will be a hybrid streaming and in-person closing reception and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. March 26.
n The Gallery is also hosting Gabrielle Kettinger’s first solo exhibition, “Sacred Doorways: The Art of Iconography.” The exhibition ends April 23.
n The arts council will host a poetry jam in April.
n The ACWC is hosting a poetry contest, which features the theme “Broken.” For more information about the poetry contest and how to enter, email PR@artswyco.org.
n Additionally, the ACWC has compiled a list of all the vendors who planned to sell at the 2020 Letchworth Craft Show, which was cancelled. The list can be found on their website at artswyco.org. Patrons are encouraged to support local vendors.
ACWC Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information about the arts council, visit artswyco.org or check out its Facebook page.
For more information about AmeriCorps, visit americorps.gov.