Public art can help elevate a trail from practical infrastructure to an inviting space cherished by the community. A strategic investment in trail art can pay dividends, helping to establish the trail not only as a community asset, but also as a tourist destination. Installing trail art can also do wonders to encourage public engagement and stewardship of any multiuse trail—while at the same time supporting local artists. In this free webinar, hosted by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, learn from experts from across the country who have innovatively incorporated public art along their trails:
- Geordie Vining, City of Newburyport, representing the Clipper City Rail Trail (Newburyport, MA)
- Jim Toia, Lafayette College, representing the Karl Stirner Arts Trail (Easton, PA)
- Dr. Darby Trotter, Kansas City River Trails, Inc., representing the Kansas City Riverfront Heritage Trail (Kansas City, MO)
- Cheryl Myers and Maria Floren, Charlotte Center City Partners, representing the Charlotte Rail Trail (Charlotte, NC)
In addition to highlighting examples of the artwork exhibited, each presenter discussed the process and players involved in the funding, installation and maintenance of public art along their trail. They also spoke on the impact of the art on the trail and its use.