BANGOR, Pa. – As a reporter at 69 Information, I’ve finished quite a lot of tales within the Slate Belt. And generally after we come to locations like Bangor, folks get a bit of down on it, speaking about what it was once as a substitute of what it presently is or what it may very well be. Seeing so many individuals on the town impressed by murals and a neighborhood artwork mission 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 neighborhood artwork mission that has turn 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 rapidly took off.
I could not imagine what number of murals large and small had been painted in locations the place you’d least count on them. To this point, 34 are accomplished and extra initiatives are underway for the spring.
Religion was additionally named Volunteer of the Yr by the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce.
“It is simply such a constructive 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 constructive for the neighborhood,” Sarisky stated.
The mural artists are both commissioned by native companies or volunteer their companies. Sponsors and donors cowl the prices of provides.
As phrase unfold on social media, Religion Sarisky stated different folks began to see the potential of Bangor too.
Throughout this yr of the pandemic, I’ve, sadly, met many struggling enterprise house owners. To see the mission has been useful makes it that a lot better.
“It is wonderful to see. Issues are cleaner, folks, individuals 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 carry 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 simple.
“The murals have helped. We do have individuals who have dropped in because the mural tour began. They are saying, ‘oh, I got here to have a look at the murals however I did not understand there was a vineyard right here,'” he stated.
Religion stated she’s excited to see how rather more lovely Bangor will get in 2021 and I’m too.
After a bleak, black yr, who would not wish to finish it with a bit of coloration.