COMMUNITY TRAIL ART INITIATIVE
HELP US CREATE UNIQUE ART BANNERS FOR THE TRAIL IN YOUR BACKYARD!!
The Trail Art Initiative works with schools, students, youth, and communities near the Steel Valley and Youghiogheny River Trails to create unique, hand-painted trail art banners. The banners will welcome 500 bicycle riders into McKeesport and Pittsburgh as they complete their ride along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) traveling from D.C. to Pittsburgh on June 30, 2007! Following the ride, banner making will continue through 2008 as the gaps in the GAP are completed for Pittsburgh's 250th Anniversary Celebration in 2008. Banners will guide community members to the trail in their backyard and will mark trailheads.
Schools, youth groups, community organizations, and citizens are needed to create trail art banners! The initiative offers FREE workshops to schools and organizations, and at community centers and events. Students are sought to design and/or paint banners. Community members of all ages are invited to paint the students' designs through open, community workshops. Through this process, youth and their communities learn about the trail where they live and about the animals, plants, and historic features of the trail, which are depicted on the banners.
See this informational flyer for upcoming banner-making and trail events. The next BIG workshop will be the first weekend in June at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in the Artists' Market. Please join us!! Call or email to schedule a school, organization, or event workshop: 412-688-0417 or art4trails [at] earthlink.net
See these guidelines and resources to design a banner!
City of McKeesport, McKeesport Area Technology Center,
National Park Service’s “Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance” Program (NPS-RTCA),
Redevelopment Authority of the City of McKeesport, The Grable Foundation