BANGOR, Pa. – As a reporter at 69 Information, I’ve accomplished loads of tales within the Slate Belt. And generally after we come to locations like Bangor, individuals get just a little down on it, speaking about what it was once as a substitute of what it at the moment is or what it might be. Seeing so many individuals on the town impressed by murals and a group artwork challenge known 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 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 shortly took off.
I could not consider what number of murals massive and small had been painted in locations the place you’d least count on them. So far, 34 are accomplished and extra tasks 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 particular person and it is simply been so rewarding for me to do one thing constructive for the group,” Sarisky mentioned.
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 mentioned different individuals began to see the potential of Bangor too.
Throughout this 12 months of the pandemic, I’ve, sadly, met many struggling enterprise house owners. To see the challenge has been useful makes it that a lot better.
“It is superb to see. Issues are cleaner, individuals, persons are strolling round city, they’re saying hello to one another,” mentioned Mike DeMasi, who’s owned VS Eyewear on Broadway in Bangor for 7 years.
“Something that may carry new biz into city is appreciated,” mentioned Don Andreas of Cowl Woman Vineyard.
Don Andreas opened the enterprise in the summertime and mentioned 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 mentioned.
Religion mentioned she’s excited to see how rather more stunning Bangor will get in 2021 and I’m too.
After a bleak, black 12 months, who would not wish to finish it with just a little shade.