SALT submits innovative project for CFA arts grant
SALT staffer Jerrine Corallo, long-time SALT volunteer and RPI Lecturer Dr. Lillian Spina-Caza as well as various partners recently developed and submitted a proposal for an innovative new arts, community development and tourism project to the New York State Council on the Arts – Arts, Culture, and Heritage Initiatives Implementation grant program.
The “GeoTourism” website and “GeoToGo” Trails project will use interactive virtual technology to encourage public interest in the cultural heritage of, and promote tourism and economic development in, Schoharie County. The overarching goal is to virtually and physically connect local residents and visitors from all parts of the globe with our culturally rich region. The county has many assets and resources to attract people and businesses to the area, but these assets have not yet been catalogued and made accessible in a comprehensive, virtual format.
A true collaboration, the project is facilitated by SALT and brings together the New York Folklore Society, Old Stone Fort, Schoharie County Tourism, Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association, Schoharie County Quilt Barn Trail, local towns and villages, and numerous existing groups and organizations that are committed to the renaissance of communities devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.
Phase One project deliverables include: 1) A “GeoTourism” website with an interactive map that identifies local art, historical, and cultural attractions, as well narratives and stories told by and about the people who live, work, and play here (including a special tribute to volunteers and survivors of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee); and 2) The “GeoToGo Trail” mobile app to support GPS exploration of the region’s heritage and culture, including its museums, folk and fine art installations, and other historical assets, on foot, bicycle, and by car.
The “GeoToGo” technology will act as a “virtual” tour guide to various points of interest in Schoharie County, augmenting the overall trail experience by providing interactive multimedia information about the different places encountered along each trail. Phase one of the project will begin with the Quilt Barn Trail and mapping of other arts and cultural assets, and later be expanded to include and develop other trails like the Village of Middleburgh Heritage Trail and Legends and Lore Trail to showcase the hidden treasures of this region.
Check back later this year to find out if SALT was awarded the grant!