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And another way to put Alfred University’s best foot forward?

Art Force 5 team at work in Rochester last summer.

Art Force 5 team at work in Rochester last summer.

Participate in a USA Today survey (goes live April 14) and help promote our amazing Art Force 5 team!

With your help (and your vote), Alfred University’s Art Force 5 program hopes to expand its program as part of USA Today’s “A Community Thrives” competition. The contest seeks to fund nine initiatives in the three categories: education, wellness, and arts & culture (the category in which the Art Force 5 is entered). Voting begins April 12th and runs until May 12th with top-voted ideas moving forward to a judges’ panel.

Alfred University’s superhero-themed team recently submitted a three-minute video highlighting ways it has previously served communities through interactive art projects and non-violence workshops. The team would use this grant to establish both a 2018 NYC residency and a travel team available to aid communities in distress. Alfred University’s submission may be viewed at but please note a new link for voting will be available a week from today: April 12.

The students are no strangers to on-line competitions and media attention, as their program won the 2016 “Unite Rochester” competition sponsored by the Democrat & Chronicle Newspaper (part of the Gannett media family which also includes USA Today). In January 2017, AU student and Art Force member Mawia Elawad was featured in USA Today’s “I AM AN AMERICAN” series. Inquiries regarding their services may be directed to AU’s director of student activities Dan Napolitano at D2D