Our Town

Toe River Arts Council, Inc.

Burnsville, North Carolina

$75,000

2014

<p>The NEA grant will support cultural district planning and the establishment of an artist designed wayfinding system in Toe River Valley. An artist design committee will work with a national design firm and/or regional designers to develop branding and to locate and design wayfinding elements to connect the region&#39;s art clusters, studios, galleries, and artists. The designers will work with local artists to create, place, and install the directional signs as pieces of new public art. The Toe River Arts Council will work with the local government entities of Spruce Pine, Bakersville, Burnsville, and Mitchell and Yancey Counties, along with the Penland School of Crafts, Parkway Playhouse, Mayland Community College, Spruce Pine Main Street, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, and the Bakersville Improvement Group. This project will serve the 32,998 residents of Mitchell and Yancey Counties, as well as attract visitors from surrounding areas.</p>