Bradford County Train Car Mural
The mural, created by artist Jonathan Laidacker, was designed using a “paint by numbers” format, allowing for community engagement in creating the mural. Individual segments of the mural were transported throughout various locations within Bradford County, enabling community members to actively participate in the painting process.
This artistic endeavor serves as a tribute to the rich and diverse history of Bradford County, encapsulating everything from its strong agricultural heritage to notable personalities and landmarks. The mural represents a combining of elements for which the communities of Bradford County have been known and celebrated, seamlessly weaving together the past and present to illustrate a cohesive and vibrant tapestry of local identity and culture.
(Pictured Additional works created by Jonathan Laidacker)
This project was made possible through the Arts-in-Education Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PCA Arts-in-Education Partner in this region of the state is Northern Tier Partners for the Arts (NTP4Arts). NTP4Arts supports Arts-in-Education residency programs in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties. NTP4Arts’ Arts-in-Education Residency Program strives to provide intensive on-going arts experiences that affirm the creative potential of each person, enhance technical knowledge and ability, inspire creativity, stimulate the expression of personal vision, and applaud excellence. Northern Tier Partners for the Arts is a division of Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC).
Bradford County Regional Arts Council is a nonprofit organizations dedicated to building and supporting a thriving regional arts community by advocating for the Arts, cultivating quality arts programming, and preserving Bradford County’s historic theatres as venues for performances, community events, and movies. BCRAC owns and operates two historic theatres which operate as year-round movie houses presenting first-run commercial movies, productions from London’s National Theatre and the Great Art On Screen series, as well as two Art House film festivals. Both theatres also serve as venues for live performances such as Schooltime Presents!, Nightlife Presents, Missoula Children’s Theatre, and in-house productions. Bradford County Regional Arts Council also offers classes, workshops, and residency opportunities for youth, adults, and seniors in music, theatre, and studio arts.