We are proud to be partners with the
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

    "Shining a light on the Blue Ridge"

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 Milepost directions to each dedicated mural. The Appalachian Mural Trail is being promoted by the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Smoky Mountain Host, High Country Host, Blue Ridge Mountain Host, All 11 North Carolina Welcome Centers, 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 Member/Sponsor" to have us promote your mural throughout the Blue Ridge Parkway and beyond.

            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!"

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        Latest Public Awareness Press Releases:

Mural Trail Recent News Articles
Elkin Tribune(Elkin Historic Murals Added)
Asheville's Citizen-Times(Historic Murals Added)
Asheville's Citizen-Times(Dedication Photo Story)
Asheville's Citizen-Times(Outdoor Art)
Asheville's Citizen-Times(Start-Up)
Mountain Express - May 6th Dedication Event
Smoky Mountain News
Sylva Herald

                      "Old News is Good News"

Press Release june 6th 2017
The Appalachian Mural Trail Group
A Subsidiary of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Non-Profit Org.
Contact: Doreyl Ammons Cain

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 was the largest and most ambitious American project ever. Constructive and positive, the WPA employed 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 our 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 increased tourism and the employment of artists.

Just recently a new mural has been added to the Appalachian Mural Trail by the Downtown Boone Development Association that was actually painted by a famous WPA artist, Alan Tompkins. His mural, "Daniel Boone on a Hunting Trip," was sponsored by the US Treasury Department in 1940 and commissioned by the Secretary of Fine Arts. Recently restored by David Goist, the mural is a source of pride for the town as it is the only surviving WPA mural in Northwest North Carolina.

Other news from the Appalachian Mural Trail includes updated information for the Dillsboro Mural Dedication event. "On Hallowed Ground" Dillsboro outdoor historical mural will be dedicated to the Appalachian Mural Trail on June 17 at 10 am to kick off the Dillsboro Front Street Festival. Joyce Lantz of Dogwood Crafters will play the part of Alice Enloe Dills who will tell the story of Dillsboro's remarkable beginning in 1882 when the first train into the area stopped on the Dills farm. Original music will be played on banjo and sung by Betty Brown, local musician, entitled "The River Tuckasegee." Also dedicated will be a small mural titled "ColorFest," painted by local youth this mural is located across the street from the 16 feet long "On Hallowed Ground" mural.

Each week new murals are being added to the mural trail. Just recently, the town of Elkin placed 4 historical murals on the Appalachian Mural Trail. One of the murals, called "The Trail Town" tells how Elkin has become a trail town, where the Yadkin River Blue Trail, the Overmountain Victory Trail, and the NC Mountains to Sea Trail converge in its historic downtown. This mural depicts Elkin's numerous trails and location between 2 State Parks (Stone Mountain and Pilot Mountain) and the border of the mural shows some of the things a visitor would see along Elkin's town trail, the E&A Rail Trail. Michael Brown was the artist who helped create this vibrant mural telling the story of Elkin's active outdoor lifestyle and the beauty experienced there everyday.

Southern Appalachia's beautiful murals have not had a platform to be showcased on until now. The Appalachian Mural Trail is fulfilling this need through their interactive website, mural trail.com and sharing with the world this amazing art and exciting heritage!

Attached: "Daniel Boone on a Hunting Trip" Boone mural and "The Trail Town" Elkin mural with mural artist Michael Brown. Higher resolution images will be sent on request.

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