WLOS: Blue Ridge National Heritage Area gets grants for craft trails project. “Craft artisans across the mountains are getting a big boost. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is getting $125,000 in grants to launch a system of driveable craft trails in 25 Western North Carolina counties.”
WLOS: Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation seeks support for slate of projects. “The development of the Blue Ridge Parkway and its evolution over the decades are fascinating stories that are brought to life through photographs dating back to the initial days of construction in the 1930s. Thousands of images in the Parkway’s archives are not available for public viewing. This project will begin the process of organizing and digitizing historical park photographs to make them available online for the public to learn from and enjoy.” The foundation is seeking to raise $25,000 to fund this project.
New-to-me: a database of murals in the Blue Ridge Parkway area. “A local organization is sharing its love for an artistic part of history. During America’s Great Depression, more than 5,000 jobs for artists were created by the federal government through the New Deal, according to researchers with the Appalachian Mural Trail, an organization which seeks out and promotes murals in western North Carolina. These artists produced more than 225,000 works of art in post offices throughout the nation.”