Quilt Barn Impact Study: Understanding the value.
The Quilt Barn Trails provide important economic development in many rural and underserved parts of Ohio. The first Quilt Barn Trail in the United States was started in Adams County, Ohio, in 2001 with support from the OAC. Since then, this ground-breaking community arts project has expanded to 21 Ohio counties and at least 26 other states across the nation and in Canada generating tourism and community pride.
Recognizing the importance of this grass roots arts process to community development, the OAC collaborated with Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in 2008 to publish the Quilt Barn Impact Study: Understanding the Value of the Ohio Quilt Barn Trail. Using a variety of qualitative research methods, the study was able to document the cultural, social and economic contributions quilt barn trails have made in Ohio communities.
Excerpt from: Ohio Arts Council, Biennial Report 2008-2009.