Connecting US 20 is a FREE traveling art event in libraries that increases awareness of local commonalities and differences across the country. Community libraries will be the catalyst for linking local writers and art across America’s longest highway.
Starting May 1st in Boston, Sal Strom and Lynn Moyers will travel all of US 20; 3,365 miles through 12 states, ending May 31st in Sal’s Pacific Coast home town Newport, Oregon. They will be connecting towns along America’s longest highway using the metaphor of safety pin chains to show our connected nature and how each town is similar, yet different from all others on the route.

Connecting US 20 is about community, no matter where that community is located.This project is about linking people together through Art. Participants will connect multi-colored safety pins into chains, symbolizing the linkage of communities across the country. Each participant will create one chain as a souvenir and a second chain to be shared with the next town. We want to symbolize the linkage libraries offer their communities and patrons.

As part of the performance in each town, colorful cheesecloth and Art will converge, highlighting local authors. Both the safety pins and the cheesecloth encourage participation through color and celebration of Art. The pins and cheesecloth are emblematic of the larger role Art plays in life and community.

The event in Valentine will be on May 20 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at the Valentine Public Library. There is no charge to attend.