Welcome to Garden of Fire, a collaborative program to build capacity, depth and the integration of art and science for programs serving youth in New York’s Steuben County. Here you will find project updates, success stories, and anecdotes from all of the partnering organizations.
The Garden of Fire program was brought together with encouragement from Chris Sproule, former Executive Director of The Triangle Fund and inspired by the Expanded Learning Network of the Southern Tier (ELNoST). The Rockwell Museum, 171 Cedar Arts Center, CareFirst (formerly Southern Tier Hospice), Tanglewood Nature Center, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes collaborate to bring fun, educational workshops to regional youth centers. Participating youth centers include Addison Youth Center, Laura Richardson Houghton Corning Youth Center, Hornell Area Concern for Youth, and The Corning Salvation Army.
The goal of the program is to educate children about nutrition and health, art, music and natural science through interactive experiences. The name “Garden of Fire” reflects the gardening and fire ceramics activities that are offered as part of the program. Each component of the program offers students a unique perspective and opportunities which they would not otherwise be exposed to in their communities. It also allows students of varied backgrounds to work together to learn new skills and create within a safe and supportive environment.