Allegany Arts Association calls it quits after 40 years

BREAKING: The Allegany Arts Association is dissolving after 40 years of history.

The organization’s board of directors determined this evening “it necessary to dissolve the Allegany Arts Association due to a lack of active members to take over the duties of the Board and/or to perform the organizational duties required to provide arts services to the residents of Allegany County.”

The group said its Spring Newsletter “will be going out as planned and we will be working in partnership with local individuals and organizations to honor our existing commitments to the community.”

Additional announcements will be forthcoming regarding the “transfer of responsibilities and provisions for local arts services that will take place as a result of this difficult decision,” according to the organization.

The group, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year with a major art exhibit at the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville and sponsors art programs for children and seniors in various parts of the county, has been struggling for several months to find new directors and officers after President Sheila L. Kalkbrenner of Wellsville said she would be stepping down at the end of her term in December.

No volunteers were forthcoming for officers or directors as of tonight, resulting in the action to dissolve the organization.