Sept. 21: New Deadline for Great Falls Chalk Art Competition
Thursday, September 13, 2012 • 11:55am
PATERSON, NJ - Attention all ‘chalk’ artists! Join the National Park Service and our
partners as we host an asphalt art competition on Saturday, September 29
from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The competition will be held at America’s
newest national park, Paterson Great Falls, at 72 McBride Avenue.
The competition is to draw attention to the new national park by using art
to interpret its natural, historic and cultural stories. Each artist will
be given their own asphalt canvas and use their creativity to tell a visual
story about the park.
Space is llimited. All asphalt artists need to RSVP by September 21 to Mohamed Khalil at
firstname.lastname@example.org with their intention to participate; experienced artists
should send one or more samples to Mohamed’s email or to: Paterson Great
Falls Asphalt Art Competition, P.O. Box 268, Little Falls, NJ 07424.
Chalk and refreshments will be provided. The rain date will be Sat., Oct.r 6 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
About Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
Carved by melting glaciers 16,000 years ago, the 77 foot-high falls
inspired Alexander Hamilton, the first US Secretary of the Treasury and
Paterson’s founder, to harness the power of the falls to drive
manufacturing. The “raceway” system of canals and spillways built in
Paterson in the early 1800s powered the city’s bustling mills and helped
turn the United States into the world’s largest market economy.
Nicknamed “Silk City” in the heyday of its textile industry, Paterson
became famous for processing quality silk, cotton, flax, paper and hemp
fibers. Over time, the culturally diverse community introduced a variety
of large scale industries. The city was home to Samuel Colt’s first
firearms factory and later became a hub for locomotive and airplane
manufacturing. Today, the hydroelectric plant, located near the base of
the falls, continues to provide for the community generating enough energy
to power about 11,000 homes.