If there's any work being done at the future home of Bristol's Country Music Museum it's news, even if it's Virginia Intermont students placing plywood murals up to hide open windows.
That's how the whole project is being done -- one small step at a time. But all of those steps add up and in September some big steps are possible.
Works of art being created for a couple of months now by three Virginia Intermont students are getting their time to shine. They are a bit of a beautification project that combine art, music and heritage. They're a part of a new studies program at the college dedicated to cultural heritage studies.
"I'm really excited to see a lot of the energy and imagination that's going on to really mark our heritage and to pay attention to history and to do it in contemporary and vibrant ways," said Jessica Turner, who heads up the program.
And for the young artists, a very public way. "Really doing work and getting your art out there is the biggest thing. Professors notice that and so do people in the V.I. community and people in the Bristol community," student Joey Blevins says.
But for all three of the artists, the size of their work was a challenge without losing each's individuality. "You could tell what it was then again it still had my artistic flair to it, my signature in the brushwork and that really is where my work sings is the brushwork," Blevins said.
It's just a small step of many for the future of the cultural heritage museum but those steps are starting to add up.
"There's always been a little light and everybody's been worried if we're going to get to light at the end of the tunnel. well now that's a real big light and we know its going to happen," John Rainero of the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance said.
A major announcement on the future of the project is expected in September.