BANGOR, Pa. – As a reporter at 69 Information, I’ve carried out quite a lot of tales within the Slate Belt. And generally once we come to locations like Bangor, individuals get slightly down on it, speaking about what it was as a substitute of what it at present is or what it could possibly be. Seeing so many individuals on the town impressed by murals and a group artwork challenge referred to as Beautify Bangor, actually made it my most memorable story of 2020.
I first met Religion Sarisky again within the fall, a number of months into the group artwork challenge that has develop into Beautify Bangor, native artists portray murals throughout downtown.
Sarisky, an actual property dealer, had commissioned only one mural to promote her enterprise downtown. However it shortly took off.
I could not consider what number of murals large and small had been painted in locations the place you’d least count on them. Thus far, 34 are accomplished and extra initiatives are underway for the spring.
Religion was additionally named Volunteer of the 12 months by the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce.
“It is simply such a optimistic up-beat factor. I’ve by no means actually been a volunteer sort individual and it is simply been so rewarding for me to do one thing optimistic for the group,” Sarisky stated.
The mural artists are both commissioned by native companies or volunteer their providers. Sponsors and donors cowl the prices of provides.
As phrase unfold on social media, Religion Sarisky stated different individuals began to see the potential of Bangor too.
Throughout this 12 months of the pandemic, I’ve, sadly, met many struggling enterprise homeowners. To see the challenge has been useful makes it that significantly better.
“It is superb to see. Issues are cleaner, individuals, persons are strolling round city, they’re saying hello to one another,” stated Mike DeMasi, who’s owned VS Eyewear on Broadway in Bangor for 7 years.
“Something that may deliver new biz into city is appreciated,” stated Don Andreas of Cowl Lady Vineyard.
Don Andreas opened the enterprise in the summertime and stated making it work hasn’t been straightforward.
“The murals have helped. We do have individuals who have dropped in for the reason that mural tour began. They are saying, ‘oh, I got here to have a look at the murals however I did not notice there was a vineyard right here,'” he stated.
Religion stated she’s excited to see how far more lovely Bangor will get in 2021 and I’m too.
After a bleak, black 12 months, who would not wish to finish it with slightly shade.