Arts Council Presents ‘3rd Street Canvas’

Arts Council For Chautauqua County will present “3rd Street Canvas – An Urban Literary Trail,” a public art installation displaying the writing of community members on buildings and other structures on and around Third Street in downtown Jamestown. The goal of the project is to give the community an opportunity to participate directly in a public art installation created from their own writing. This will be the second “3rd Street Canvas” art installation in Jamestown since 2011.

This year’s installation will be unveiled Wednesday at 5 p.m., with a reception at the Reg Studio Theater at 108 E. Third St. in Jamestown. If weather delays the opening, a rain date will be July 8 at 5 p.m.

Described by national studies as “Creative Placemaking,” the project uses the businesses and public spaces in downtown Jamestown as an art gallery for local talent. Public art is developed and intended to animate public and private spaces using a common theme, literary, while having it accessible to the entire community. The Urban Literary Trail will provide the “canvas” for community writers of all ages who are willing and eager to display their work.

Each piece of original literature is reproduced on vinyl or dibond material and displayed through early September on several windows and walls on local businesses and organizations. This year’s trail is concentrated primarily on Third Street between Washington and Spring streets. There will also be pieces displayed on Cherry Street, Main Street, Pine Street, Fourth Street and Potter’s Alley. Reproductions of original, local art accompany several of the pieces. Maps of the trail will be available at Arts Council For Chautauqua County, Reg Lenna Civic Center and some participating businesses.

3rd Street Canvas is made possible by a Community Service Grant from Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and support from Reg Lenna Civic Center.