Barn quilt projects are spreading across Canada. These projects bring our communities together. Youth, elders, busy farmers, new residents, older timers, history buffs, business owners. A barn quilt project seems to get everyone involved. (You have to be pretty cynical to dislike barn quilts.)
We think barn quilts have a positive impact on our rural landscape and economies. Here are the results communities are aiming for:
- Communities find innovative ways to get themselves “on the map”.
- Barn quilts tell the stories of successive waves of immigrants to rural Ontario.
- Farms, businesses, and communities install barn quilts as part of their promotion strategies.
- People paint and install barn quilts as part of their outdoor gardening and landscaping projects.
- Heritage barns are noticed, appreciated, and perhaps even preserved.
- Community volunteers are engaged in a creative project.
- Elementary and secondary schools are involved.
- Barn quilts enhance curriculum – local history, agricultural heritage, geometry, textile arts.
- Artists and artisans connect with their community.
- Youth teach community leaders and businesses to use social media.
- Rural communities become more techno-savvy and narrow the “digital gap”.
- Rural Ontario’s unique and authentic cultural resources are highlighted.
- Rural communities connect with the travelling public.
- Travelling audiences access detailed information prior and during trip.
- Investment in cultural tourism is increased.
- Travelling throughout rural Ontario is an enhanced experience.
- Cultural tourism is better understood by policy makers.