Arts & Cultural Trail Project

Creating more vibrant public spaces through placement of permanent art in & around the Palmer core.

United Way of Mat-Su is thrilled to announce we have been selected to receive an AARP Community Challenge grant. We are one of only 184 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With this “quick-action” grant, United Way of Mat-Su will work with our local artists, neighbors, community champions, and arts organizations to solicit submissions of permanent, locally and culturally relevant art pieces, to be installed along a local, public trail. These art pieces will enhance our town, addressing one of the City of Palmer’s top priorities for improving and rejuvenating our parks, public trails and recreational fields. Its close proximity to our local senior center, schools, and neighborhoods will make art pieces easily accessible to all ages, celebrating local art, artists, culture and history.

UWMS and the Board will work closely with the City of Palmer, community partners, and the Parks and Recreation Board to determine ideal locations for art installations in the Palmer core area. We are excited to advance this project to completion, highlighting the history, culture, spirit and uniqueness of our home.

Art pieces are projected to be installed in late spring, with a public event to be held shortly thereafter. Please check back here for updates, and follow us on Facebook!

Congratulations to our selected artists!

These four local artists’ work will be permanently installed at several locations around the Palmer core, creating an accessible, unique public art installation that we hope to add to in years to come! Read more about our artists below:

Addie Studebaker: Tiny Free Art Gallery-an ephemera project. Addie’s concept, a Tiny Free Art Gallery filled with shareable art, will be placed at Alaska Family Services.
Addie Studebaker is a interdisciplinary artist, writer, and English professor living and working in the Mat-Su Valley. She specializes in paper sculpture and collage, but also works in watercolor, acrylic, ceramics, dried and pressed botanicals, and other mediums and has a penchant for using found, discarded, and second-hand materials whenever possible. She is especially interested in making her work as interactive and tactile as possible, where the viewer is invited to ignite and engage with their own creativity through sensory play and exploration. You can find her on Instagram at: @whatamilookingatt.

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Questions? Call Michele Harmeling, UWMS Development Director at 745-5822 or CONNECT VIA EMAIL.