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        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

                     "Old Fort Murals Dedication"

Press Release May 31st 2017
The Appalachian Mural Trail Group
A Subsidiary of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Non-Profit Org.
Contact: Doreyl Ammons Cain

The Appalachian Mural Trail has had some changes with their Dedications since the last press release. The June 3 date for the Old Fort Dedication has changed to Saturday, September 16th, taking place at The Old Fort Railroad Festival. Old Fort's theatrical group decided to get involved and needed time to put together a true scene of the history of Old Fort for the dedication. We will keep you informed on that event as it unfolds.

The Dillsboro Dedication has changed somewhat as well. This is the new information:

"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."

Just recently a new mural has been added to the Appalachian Mural Trail by the Downtown Boone Development Association that was painted in 1940 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.

    "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 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!"

~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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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