The Perry County Council of the Arts’ (PCCA) Quilt Barn Trail is a county-wide loop of seven 8’ x 8’ painted quilts that have been mounted on barns along Perry County roadways. Students from Perry County’s four school districts participated in this arts-residency program.

Two years in the making, the Quilt Barn Trail is a symbol of cultural identity, community pride and artistic exuberance, connecting the county to its rich history and folk art tradition. Under the mentorship of quilting artist-in-residence Denise Hoke, students participated in a cross-curricular initiative to create this county-wide community project. Combining history, geometry and art, the students researched, designed and painted each quilt with great care and pride.

Quilt Barn residencies were made possible by the Cultural Enrichment Fund; the Robert H. and Beverly Utley Fowler Family Foundation; the Perry County Community Foundation; Greenwood, Newport, Susquenita and West Perry School Districts; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program: American Sentinel Insurance Co.; Davis Vision; Dumor, Inc.; PNC Bank; FNB Mifflintown; First National Bank of PA; Eichelbergers, Inc.; Orrstown Bank; Riverview Bank and United Concordia.

Five additional locations, installed by other organization, are also included on the map. Groups and individuals who are interested in creating their own Quilt Barns are invited to contact PCCA Executive Director Rog Smith at 717-567-7325 or rog@perrycountyarts.org

Maps of the Quilt Barn Trail are also available at the PCCA Gallery, One S. Second Street, Newport.