Arts In Education


The Ashford Hollow foundation has provided arts in education programming for more than forty years. Using the facilities of the Essex Arts Center, the Sculpture Park, and going into schools and community centers, the Foundation has had the pleasure to deliver arts programming and opportunities not offered by anyone else. Working with participants varying in age from K through 12 to collegiate students and adults, the Ashford Hollow Foundation has the pleasure of exposing them to new techniques and possibilities.


Some of our programs include:

Metal Pours

Metal pouring (casting) is a challenging and exciting process that makes a 3 dimensional object by pouring molten metal into a form(mold). It is a stunning event to watch as molten metal glows red while being poured into an open face mold. Using a mobile foundry, the Ashford Hollow pour team cast metal live in front of an audience at several community events each year. This is also an opportunity extended to students. Using sand carving blocks made at the Essex Arts Center, students carve open face molds that are then poured live at their school or community center.

Monumental Metal Sculptures

Sculptures associated to the Ashford Hollow Foundation can be found all over Western New York. Artists from the Essex Art Center have commissioned work in many local parks, area attractions, and local businesses. The Foundation also offers a very unique program in which students work together with our team of artists to create a large-scale sculpture for their school or community center. These students are given a theme and proceed to each create their own sculpture on a small scale in metal. The students are then challenged to work together to combine their individual works into one piece. This collaboration is then made large scale and placed permanently at their school or community center.