The Ashford Hollow Foundation prides itself on offering innovative programming and utilizing non-traditional spaces for educational purposes. Using both the Griffis Sculpture Park and the Essex Art Center’s Studio for Youth, the programming offered by the foundation brings participants into a professional working artists setting and asks them to participate as artists, not students. We offer programs to in-need communities and have built our curriculum to teach leadership skills, creative problem solving, social skills, and community building. The innovative arts experience is in many ways a catalyst to instill these vital skills in the lives of our participants and the community as a whole. All of the foundation programs include professional level metal working and casting. These programs are the only ones of their kind in the United States. To lead the programs the foundation employs a number of highly qualified and talented artists and educators, culminating to provide an experience in the arts unlike any other available.