National Trust Grant to Support Light Capsules Project

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway
Craig Winslow – Photo by Armando Garcia

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership has received a $2,250 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to support Craig Winslow’s project, Light Capsules. Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by supporting ongoing preservation work and by providing seed money for preservation projects.

The Road Ahead will use this grant to sponsor a pilot project by artist Craig Winslow, which will be part of its ongoing centennial celebration of Route 66. Winslow’s project will take him across the state of Oklahoma to identify and document the current condition of faded advertisements along Historic Route 66. These faded advertisements are known as “ghost signs.” Once documented, Winslow will determine which ghost signs can be revitalized via “augmented restoration”, a process that uses light through projectors as a restorative art medium.

Winslow is an artist and designer who employs light to create narrative-driven visualizations and immersive experiences. The revitalized ghost signs from this project will also be included in Winslow’s ongoing, worldwide augmented restoration project known as Light Capsules. His work can be found at

Established in 2016, with the support of the National Park Service and the World Monuments’ Fund, The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership’s mission is to revitalize and sustain Route 66 as a national and international icon through partnerships focused on promotion, preservation, research and education, and economic development.

Craig Winslow

Bill Thomas, Chairman
Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership

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