Sponsorship proceeds from the 6th Annual Stray at Home Art & Music Festival will go towards the production of the festival and to amenities along the new “Museum Trail” expected to break ground in 2017 connecting downtown Jackson to Museum Drive. The Museum Trail, which sits on the old GM&O line from High Street to LeFleur’s Bluff State park will feature nearly 5 miles of protected, paved multi-use trail that will provide a scenic path to cultural attractions in the Capital City with access to 3 public parks, 6 museums and the Mississippi Farmer’s Market. The Museum Trail is made possible by the City of Jackson, the Mississippi Department of Transportation with support from the Jackson Heart Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi and other private donors. The funds allow the Trail to be constructed but don’t include important amenities such as lighting, water fountains, benches, mile markers, directional signs and other supporting items that are necessary for the Trail to be successful. Stray at Home 2017 continues to support this effort by raising funds for amenities along this Trail.
Communities throughout the country, including Mississippi, have shown multi-use paths like the Museum Trail brought with them dramatic improvements in public health and economic development. The Museum Trail is a success story of community collaboration and will be the first multi-use path in the Capital City that was asked for and advocated for by citizens, supported by local businesses and created with the City of Jackson helping to pave the way. In order to support these efforts, a “Friends of the Trail” group has emerged called the JXN Trailblazers, a group of citizens committed to increasing, supporting and advocating for paths and trails in the City of Jackson. Find out more at: www.jxntrailblazers.com