Color the Canal

The Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail and CREATE Community Studios are getting ready for the second annual Color the Canal, a Schenectady County celebration of the local section of the historic Erie Canalway Trail. Last year, Color the Canal provided visual and sculptural art to welcome more than 650 cyclists who pedal the trail from Buffalo to Albany each July during the Cycle the Erie Canal (CEC) ride, as well as the many Capital Region residents who use the trail every day.

Trail users were greeted by more than 150 pieces of art made by local individuals, businesses and community groups, as well as chalk art created by local residents. We're hoping to making this year's event even better, with more art along more miles of trail, as well as the addition of some more permanent artwork. The COVID-19 pandemic may mean we need to keep our physical distance, but we can still connect through art as we do so. To that end, we're asking artists this year to create signs with messages of hope, gratitude, strength or inspiration.

Want to help?

Contact Gillian Scott (518-372-8478 or for more information on sponsorships. Contact CREATE Community Studio (518-348-9290 or to donate sign-making materials (such as used political lawn signs) or to sign up to make a sign of your own. We are grateful for your support!

Thanks to our sponsors

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region. Thank you also to Electric City Bike Rescue, Marty's True Value, and our individual donors - Michelle Buonome, Wilma Goodman and Loretta Teller Keenan, Patrick Laverty, and Dede Terns Thorpe - for their support and enthusiasm for this event!