Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Hagerstown Cultural Trail on Saturday, June 17th at 2:00 p.m. Join project partners, community leaders, and artists who have contributed to the trail in a dedication ceremony to be held at the "Mural of Unusual Size", an 80-foot tall mural that spans four former industrial buildings in downtown Hagerstown.
"HENSE", who has created mega murals across the globe in his signature style that meshes street graffiti with abstract concepts is arriving in the Hub City the first week of May, and visitors are encouraged to come watch him in action! The Hagerstown Cultural Trail will also feature public art from internationally-renowned sculptor Richard Deutsch as well as Vicki Scuri, who specializes in infusing artistic appeal within functional urban infrastructure. Plus, see works by Alison Sigethy, an artist-in-residence at Alexandria's Torpedo Factory, and sculpture by Adam Curtis, a Frederick County native.
The Hagerstown Cultural Trail is a half-mile walkway that connects two of Hagerstown's most popular destinations - the downtown Arts & Entertainment District with the beautiful, nationally-recognized City Park, home to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Activities for the whole family will be offered along the Trail following the June 17th ceremony.
To construct a multi-use trail linking City Park and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts with the Arts & Entertainment District and to add 31 new townhomes and 85 loft apartments along the trail over a 10 year period.
Construction of Phase 1 of the Trail is set to begin in April 2016 with a completion date in Fall 2016.
Implementation of Phase 1 Art Plan is scheduled to begin in Summer 2016.
Negotiations with property owners along the proposed trail were completed in late 2015 to early 2016 with plats processed through the Engineering and Planning offices.
Hagerstown Cultural Trail branding and signage finalized by graphics firm and the contract to manufacture the designs was awarded on February 23rd, 2016.
A public input session was facilitated by the City’s public art consultant, Cochran Studio on January 11th, 2016. Cochran Studio presented the Public Art Master Plan to the Mayor and City Council on February 16th, 2016 and the proposal was accepted by the Mayor and City Council on February 23rd. Funding to implement Phase 1 of the plan was also approved by the Mayor and City Council on February 23rd.
In October 2014 about 25 community members walked the proposed trail path and provided ideas for different features along the trail.
Public Art Master Plan for the Hagerstown Cultural Trail.View PDF