The Art on Our Trails project, which was launched several years ago, is intended to connect the county’s “main street” — its trails — with its arts, towns and nature, by using art to stimulate and educate trail users. Although the county has a vibrant arts and culture community, it is less known for its arts than other assets; and the project is a way to “get more eyes” on our wonderful art collective by placing some of it where so much foot traffic already exists.
The Schuylkill River and Perkiomen Trails, for example, receive more than one million walkers and riders each year. And we’re not talking about meaningless throngs of people thrown together; these trails have become community gathering places for the county, where people from a multitude of backgrounds and perspectives congregate to walk, contemplate, converse and enjoy.
The most recent addition to the project are the new banners that hang outside the Schuylkill River Heritage Area offices along the Schuylkill River Trail. The banners feature artwork from the 2015 Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show. This is the second set of banners created in partnership with the Montgomery County Planning Commission and Creative Montco. The first set, which features art from earlier Scenes of the Schuylkill Art exhibits, was originally hung along the trail in Norristown, and then later moved to the Perkiomen Trail in Schwenksville.
For more on the Art on Our Trails initiative, please visit here.
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