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
will be promoted by the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, 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 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!"