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New Public Art Trail Open in Jamestown, NY
New Public Art Trail Open in Jamestown, NY

JAMESTOWN, NY – The Arts Council For Chautauqua County and Reg Lenna Civic Center unveiled today a new public art installation “3rd Street Canvas – An Urban Literary Trail”.

A community-wide effort, the Literary Trail will feature 42 selections of poetry, prose and other writing styles prominently displayed on windows and walls throughout Jamestown, NY.  All of the writing is original and written by residents in the Chautauqua County area.  Original visual art and photography by local artists will accompany some of the selections at their downtown locations.

In a public ribbon-cutting ceremony held today, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi officially opened the trail for public viewing.  The trail spans 3rd street businesses from the Reg Lenna Civic Center to the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena and up to the Prendergast Library.  Selections will also be located on businesses on Pine Street, Potters Alley, Main Street, 4th Street and Cherry Street.  Trail guides will be available at participating businesses, featuring a map and information about each selection.

Over 170 submissions were received by over 140 writers from the area.  A panel, led by Catherine Way of the Prendergast Library, narrowed the selections down to the ones featured on the trail.  The remaining submissions will be published online at 3rdstreetcanvas.wordpress.com.

"3rd Street Canvas - An Urban Literary Trail" will be open to the public 24 hours a day through mid-August.  The installation was conceived by the board and staff of the Arts Council For Chautauqua County and Reg Lenna Civic Center and realized with design work by Ray Downey with printing by Chautauqua Sign Company and Quick Solutions. Support for the installation was provided by Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Jason Stronz and the Renaissance Corporation and several sponsors acknowledged in the trail guide. 

For more information, visit www.3rdstreetcanvas.wordpress.com.

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