5th Avenue Art Route

Milestone timeline:

Grant Announced from AARP
Completed: Jul 28, 2021
Proposals Accepted from Community
Completed: Aug 10, 2021
Submissions Narrowed by Selection Committee
Completed: Aug 11, 2021
Public Voting for Favorite Designs
Completed: Sep 6, 2021
Selected Designs Announced
Completed: Sep 23, 2021
Painting Murals in Progress
Completed: Oct 31, 2021
Ribbon Cutting
Completed: Dec 4, 2021

The 5th Avenue Art Route is a sidewalk mural on 5th Avenue in Downtown Hendersonville in a project funded by an AARP Community Challenge Grant, designed for quick action projects to help communities become more livable for people of all ages.  The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville are one of only 244 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This project will build the pedestrian connection between the two downtown commercial districts through creative visible sidewalk murals that will be selected and created through an engaged community process.

The City of Hendersonville has made strategic efforts to connect the 7th Avenue and Main Street districts, including a public-private partnership to complete the historic rehabilitation of the award-winning Grey Mill redevelopment workforce housing project that is located along 5th Avenue and serves as an anchor between the districts. Additionally, the Friends of Downtown began the Hendersonville Farmers Market  in 2020 on Maple Street, a connection that will serve as a destination at the end of the 5th Avenue Art Route. 

Volunteers painting honeycombs on sidewalk
Project Updates: 
Mural Designs Selected for 5th Avenue & Maple Street Sidewalk Mural 
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Locals Invited to Submit Sidewalk Mural Ideas for 5th Avenue Art Route
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Sign up to volunteer October 23-24!
Mural Progress as of 10/25/2021
Monday, October 25, 2021