DC’s Heritage Trails, a project of Cultural Tourism DC, recently inspired a local artist. See how images from the Neighborhood Trail guides influenced Dana Ellyn to create a new series of paintings last October. Happy to report that many of the paintings have sold!
I had the privilege of working this organization with its strategic plan and then serving on their board when I was based in DC full time. I know what an important and visible program the Heritage Trails are to the local neighborhoods. Sure, the markers instilled a sense of pride in residents by showcasing their architectural and social history to visitors, but also as an educational instrument for interpreting “past to present” AND increasing local economic impact through heritage tourism.
Dana’s work has added a new creative dimension to the powerful impact of these trail markers. Kudos to this local artist for giving a new life to the images and subjects featured in the neighborhood trail guides.