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Historical Muralist—Doreyl Ammons Cain
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Traditional Artist
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Historic Public Art

"Planting seeds of heritage through the arts," CSA's mission, becomes quite clear through the public art that has been created by co-founder, Doreyl Ammons Cain and supported by the CSA Board of Directors. In the year of 2016 there are four public art creations and more are planned. Also in the planning mode is a  Appalachian Mural Trail for WNC. Currently installed murals include "Cake Walks, Delicious Memories" in the Jackson County Public Library; "On Hallowed Ground," in the Dillsboro Park, Dillsboro; "Golden Threads" Shindig Mural in Pack Square Park, Asheville and "Cumberland Gap" National Park. For current information on upcoming public art murals visit www.Facebook.com/MuralistDoreyl .

Appalachian Mural Trail Adds WPA Mural in Boone
by Doreyl Ammons Cain

Even to this day, people can still see the results of what the USA did for its people during the Great Depression. Called the WPA, The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration) was the largest and most ambitious American project ever that was constructive and positive, employing millions of people to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings, parks and roads. In a much smaller but more famous project, Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts (murals), drama, media, and literacy projects. Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge, public art mural or school constructed by the agency.
    Here in Western North Carolina our public arts project, called the Appalachian Mural Trail, is looking to put local artists to work on large outdoor historical murals. These murals are intended to encircle the Blue Ridge Park way and draw in visitors to the towns and communities where the outdoor murals are located, helping the economy through increased tourism and the employment of artists.
    Just recently a new mural has been added to the Appalachian Mural Trail by the Downtown Boone Development Association that was actually painted by a famous WPA artist, Alan Tompkins. His mural, "Daniel Boone on a Hunting Trip," was sponsored by the US Treasury Department in 1940 and commissioned by the Secretary of Fine Arts. Recently restored by David Goist, the mural is a source of pride for the town as it is the only surviving WPA mural in Northwest North Carolina.   ◼︎

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