Hudson Pathways is a collaborative public art project designed to celebrate one of our areas newest assets through the creation of murals, markers and exhibits along the Assabet River Rail Trail. Students create interpretive art that depict the past and present of their local environment. With continued funding, this project will take place over the span of three years.
Art on the ARRT is an outdoor gallery located within the 6 outdoor kiosks along the Hudson portion of the Assabet River Rail Trail. This rotating three-season exhibit showcases student work relating to the historical significance and natural surroundings of the Assabet River Rail Trail.
Art on the ARRT also includes a mural painted inside the 290 connector tunnel by the students of Hudson High School. Working with local muralists, students planned, developed and created a mural designed to capture the essence of a circa 1900 train ride when as many as 36 trains a day served Hudson.
Art on the ARRT showcases student artwork on the multi-use recreational trail on which residents and visitors can enjoy biking, walking, running, rollerblading and cross country skiing. The displays are part of a public arts and humanities initiative designed to celebrate the area’s assets through the creation of murals, markers, and exhibits along the Rail Trail, while striving to incorporate art, local history, interpretive science and education. Collaborating on Hudson Pathways are the Arts Alliance, ARRT, Inc., Hudson Historical Society, Hudson Public Schools, Hudson Division of Recreation, and other groups.
Donations — This program is made possible by gifts from the Sudbury Foundation and Avidia Bank, as well as individual donations. Collaborators hope to foster more enjoyable use of the community’s trails, parks and riverways, as well as appreciation for their historical impact on the area’s development.
Projects — Other anticipated projects include:
- Rail Trail Section Markers: Original designs by students of six animals native to the local area, will be used to identify six sections of the trail. These markers will become an easy way for all to identify the section of the trail they are on.
- Cellucci Park Murals: Murals will be placed on the utility box, bocce court and skateboard bowl.
- Animal Art Rocks: Rocks designed and painted as the animals representing sections of the trail to add interest and further identify each section, planned as service learning projects.
- Walking Tours: Developed and led by Historical Society members and students as community service learning activities.
- Railroad Artifacts Refurbished: Additional artifacts will be installed near the caboose along with signage to become an interpretive historical park area, other signage along the trail as needed.