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Appalachian Mural Trail

Be a Part of the Mural Movement!

    Our vision is to follow the Blue Ridge Parkway and find already existing historical murals and also help communities create outdoor Appalachian historical murals within an easy driving distance from the Parkway. These murals will shine a light on the rich heritage of our mountains using talented local artists to complete each mural. We believe this will enhance the visitor's experience to the area through educating them about our rich heritage through art, while sharing the creativity of the mountains.

    Our Appalachian Mural Map has Parkway mile marker directions to each dedicated mural. The Appalachian Mural Trail will be promoted by the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, Smoky Mountain Host, High Country Host, Blue Ridge Mountain Host, Social Media and also with national and regional media, drawing both visitors and locals to our website to use the mural map for their Parkway journey into Appalachian art and history!

    The Blue Ridge Parkway at 17 million visitors last year attracted more people than the Grand Canyon, Eifel Tower or Great Wall of China.


    Interested in starting your own community historical mural? Then by clicking "Mural Partnership", we can help you with 'how to-' select a mural site, call for artists, research your community history, select a mural artist, paint a mural (including materials, transferring images) and dedicating a mural to the Appalachian Mural Trail. If you already have an historical mural in place, then click on "Mural Membership" to have us promote your mural throughout the Blue Ridge Parkway.

            What's the Value of an
          Outdoor Historical Mural?

   "It's priceless," says Chris Joyell of the Asheville Design Center, (a non-profit where pros give their time to accomplish problem solving for towns and cities at the basic level.) "At one time 'The Block' (East End) area of Asheville was a thriving central business district for African Americans throughout the mountain area," he says. "Most all their needs were met there. The district thrived until the late 70's when Urban Development started changing small communities, moving families into public housing. Soon the local businesses weren't supported, for there was no density for businesses. We took a look at what could be done now, and part of what we came up with was a 270 feet linear outdoor historical mural to save the history of this remarkable part of Asheville. Along with saving history with the mural, the development of new affordable housing and visitor friendly hotels are now being added to the neighborhood."

   We found a paid Vista Volunteer, public muralist Molly Must, and as lead artist she began an adventuresome journey into the history of East End, first hand. For nine months she spent time with the residents, ate dinner with them and looked at old photos. Finally she met with me and rolled out a 270 feet sketch of the mural. I was blown away!"

~Chris Joyell

"The Fall Mural"

    This mural was created to show the diversity of the pioneers who settled the Appalachian Mountains in Western North Carolina. Inclusive with the African American, Cherokee and the Scotch Irish settlers, this art shows the spirit of the mountains! Go to www.doreylart.com to see more works of fine art which illustrate the beauty of "little bits of Appalachia!"

Copyright © Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc 2016-2099


Map Future Features & Apps

Partial list of future features planned for the Dedicated Mural Trail

  • The mobile format friendly browser version
          coming soon with the phone app included for a
          seamless travel experience on the trail.

  • In the near future you will be able to choose
          the murals from the mural map that you would like
          to visit by creating a personalized "Mural List".

  • The Driving Trail Planner will use your "Mural List"
          to create the best suitable driving route between
          murals for the most scenic "Mural Trail" experience.

  • The Driving Trail Planner will also calculate
          the total driving distance and time for the
          ultimate "Mural Trail" adventure.

  • Go Here for Blue Ridge Parkway App


           AMT's Asheville Dedication Event

        The first dedication event is starting on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Triangle Park Mural (GPS -> Lat:35.59911, Long:-82.554224) in Downtown Asheville. Directions from I-240 in Asheville, exit on Charlotte Street, take a right on Eagle Street and a left onto Market Street, Triangle Park is a block down)

        The second dedication starting at 2:30pm is for the Golden Treads Shindig Mural (GPS -> Lat:35.5951, Long:-82.5496) . Directions from exit I-240 onto Charlotte Street, turn right on College Street and left on Court Plaza to Packs Tavern.

        And the third at 3:15pm is for the Chicken Alley Mural (GPS -> Lat:35.59767, Long:-82.55331) (Chicken Alley is one block off Lexington on Woodfin).

        Players of music, tellers of mountain tales and ghost stories step out from large outdoor art and remind us of our romantic past at the upcoming dedication of four Asheville outdoor historical murals. These murals are to be dedicated to the Appalachian Mural Trail on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The YMI band comes alive and plays a tune from the past, stepping out from the Triangle Park mural. Young mountain musicians will step out from the "Golden Threads" Shindig mural on the outside wall at Packs Tavern facing Pack Square Park, and play their own style of music. All of these young players are actually depicted in this mural, designed and painted by muralist Doreyl Ammons Cain. Further on down on Market Street, the infamous Chicken Alley will make your hair stand on end with ghost stories told by Pepper Paris about the ghost of Dr. Jamie Smith and you can view the brilliant Chicken Alley Mural done by lead muralist Molly Must.

        An unique fun part of the Mural Dedication event is an opportunity to win a free "I hiked the Appalachian Mural Trail" tee shirt by taking a 'selfie' photo in front of all four murals. The photo, with a comment, will be uploaded to the muraltrail.com website right then & there and you will receive this beautiful limited edition tee shirt! Spring water and 'Moon Pies will be available for a little refreshment. This amazing event is free and open to everyone!

        The Appalachian Mural Trail event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council's Art in the Park award. Other sponsors include the Asheville Design Center, the Asheville Convention & Visitor's Bureau and Packs Tavern. The Appalachian Mural Trail Group is a subsidiary of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc.


    Latest Public Awareness Press Releases:

    Mural Trail Recent News Articles
    Asheville's Citizen-Times(Outdoor Art)
    Asheville's Citizen-Times(Start-Up)
    Mountain Express - May 6th Dedication Event
    Smoky Mountain News
    Sylva Herald

    FOR PRESS RELEASE April 12th 2017
    Doreyl Ammons Cain
    Appalachian Mural Trail Group, Jackson County  
    828-293-2239, artist@muraltrail.com
    Western North Carolina

                "The WPA Way"

    Even to this day, people can still see the results of what the USA did for its people during the Great Depression. Called the WPA, The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration) was the largest and most ambitious American project ever that was constructive and positive, employing millions of people to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings, parks and roads. In a much smaller but more famous project, Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts (murals), drama, media, and literacy projects. Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge, public art mural or school constructed by the agency.

    Here in Western North Carolina a public arts project called the Appalachian Mural Trail is looking to put local artists to work on large outdoor historical murals. These murals are intended to encircle the Blue Ridge Parkway and draw in visitors to the towns and communities where the outdoor murals are located, helping the economy through tourism and the employment of artists. In order to accomplish this, funds are needed to create the large outdoor historical murals.

    The Appalachian Mural Trail has an opportunity to acquire some of the funds needed for its mural development through a grant program that uses ‘Likes’ as it’s criteria for funding a new idea, the ‘Community Thrives’ grants program through USA Today.

    Doreyl Ammons Cain, Director of the Appalachian Mural Trail says, "Why take your precious time to click on http://act.usatoday.com/ and 'like' the Appalachian Mural Trail? Why 'like' the mural trail everyday from April 12 starting at noon until May 12 at noon? Sounds like a lot of 'likes,' and every single 'like' will get us one step closer to receiving a grant to help our mountain area, just like the WPA (Work Projects Administration) did ... it will pay artists to paint outdoor historical murals that will encircle the Blue Ridge Parkway! The Appalachian Mural Trail is already drawing visitors down into the small towns to view almost 50 already painted outdoor historical murals, learning about our Appalachian heritage, seeing the creativity of local artists while staying in local hotels, dining and shopping locally. This helps everyone, you included! Your 'like' means a lot to you and all your neighbors too. When you 'like' the Appalachian Mural Trail at http://act.usatoday.com/, there's so mething in it for you!"

    Photo Caption- Capturing the heritage of the mountains through large outdoor murals. Mural art by Doreyl Ammons Cain of the small town of Dillsboro.

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