The City of Edmonds Arts Commission invites you to celebrate the installation of 12 new artist-made interpretive markers on Thursday July 17, at 5 p.m. outside of the Edmonds Historical Museum. Created by Seattle artist Judith Caldwell, the sculptural markers are part of a walking tour in downtown Edmonds to celebrate local history and the rich artistic nature of the community. You can meet the artist and tour the 12 sites with stories of downtown Edmonds history.
The project developed out of a recommendation in the 2009 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor Plan that suggested the importance of highlighting sites on 4th Avenue. To implement the tour, the city received a grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS) through the Preserve America grant program for $24,000 in late 2010, with matching funds including City of Edmonds and private donations from the Hubbard Family Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.
Edmonds is a designated Preserve America community. The Preserve America funding supports strengthening regional and local identity, increasing local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets, and supporting economic vitality in our communities.
The artist, Judith Caldwell, designed and fabricated the 12 unique markers, each in a proscenium format referencing the strong performance arts in our community. Each plaque commemorates a site with information drawn from the history of Edmonds, including text, photographs, and sculptural elements. Extensive community involvement and research was part of the process of creating the markers. In addition to the markers, the project includes a Stages of History website and brochure. For more information contact the City Arts Office at 425-771-0228.