Color the Canal

From July 12-14, the Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail and CREATE Community Studios co-hosted Color the Canal, an interactive, sculptural and visual art event designed the celebrate Schenectady, its heritage and the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. The goal was to encourage trail users to learn more about the trail as well as to visit the downtown area and participate in local events. This event coincided with the arrival of more than 650 cyclists participating in the Cycle the Erie Canal (CEC) ride.

Color the Canal included a chalk art event open for public participation, chalk art and visual art installations at various "hubs," as well as opportunities for organizations or sponsors to create art to welcome CEC cyclists and other trail users.

Want to help?

We'd love to make Color the Canal even bigger and more colorful next year. But we'll need your 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). We are grateful for your support!

Thanks to our sponsors

This event is funded in part by a Schenectady County County Initiative Program (CIP) Arts, History & Tourism Grant. Other sponsors include SUNY Schenectady and Parks & Trails New York.