• Mitchell County native Juliana Walker developed a website about the Toe River Arts Studio Tour as the capstone project toward her master’s degree. (Submitted photo)
    Mitchell County native Juliana Walker developed a website about the Toe River Arts Studio Tour as the capstone project toward her master’s degree. (Submitted photo)

Capstone project touts Studio Tour

SPRUCE PINE – Mitchell County native Juliana Walker needed an idea for her capstone project to earn her master’s degree in interactive media from Elon University.

“A lot of the students has a really difficult time picking a project,” she said. “Many chose to build an app or a website. Our professor told us to pick something we are passionate about, so I did.”

Walker, daughter of Drs. Marvin and Diane Walker, of Spruce Pine, said she made a list of her passions: the arts, the environment, animals, human rights and Mitchell County among them. Ultimately she settled on two of the items on her list – the arts and Mitchell County. What emerged was a utilitarian capstone project after Walker created www.toeriverstudiotour.com, an interactive website for the Toe River Studio Tour.

“I grew up surrounded by artwork,” Walker said. “From the cups and plates in my house to learning about art at Penland while attending the Montessori school, I was surrounded by art at an early age.”

The website uses many different mediums and tools to contain all the information about the tour in one place. To develop the site’s content, Walker connected and communicated with Toe River Arts, and interviewed and filmed more than 30 artists who are on the tour. She interviewed Toe River Arts employees on camera and edited 27 videos about the tour, created an introductory animation graphic for the videos and developed an interactive map of the Studio Tour stops. She documented the process with the Instagram account @capstonecreation.

“Everyone has a smartphone now,” Walker said. “If someone loses or forgets to bring their paper Studio Tour guide book, all they have to do is bring up the website and everything they need is on there.”

Walker specializes in website and social media content creation and strategy. She plans to move to Asheville at the end of summer.

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