Appeal from Noel Purdy, President of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.
We’ve reached a critical moment to inspire and build our community through public art, and we need your help!
Downtown Chambersburg, Inc. (DCI) has partnered with local public art enthusiasts to bring Isaiah Zagar to Chambersburg this summer. Zagar, a renowned Philadelpha-based mosaic-mural artist, will work with community volunteers to install two large-scale murals on Main Street.
We’ve launched a fundraising campaign to raise $20,000 to pay for the murals. Patriot Federal Credit Union is providing a $5,000 community challenge grant for the gofundme campaign. For every dollar donated on the gofundme website, Patriot will match it dollar for dollar up to $5,000. Our community has donated $4,500 already; help us exceed our $5,000 goal and donate here.
Work has already started prepping the project sites on Main Street. The mural on the Main Street Deli building (33 N. Main Street) will be approximately 68 feet wide by 15 feet high, and the mural on The Foundry building (100 S. Main Street) will be approximately 37 feet wide by 15 feet high.
Holly Baker Strayer, an art teacher at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, has taught her art students about Zagar and his work transforming Philadelphia’s neighborhoods for years. Strayer invited Zagar to come to Chambersburg to do a mural, and he agreed. She has partnered with us to bring Zagar to Chambersburg and brighten downtown with his art.
Public art has been used to help revitalize downtowns and to improve the look and feel of downtowns. DCI has been working to expand its existing downtown mural project, a temporary mural exhibit that features 80+ murals, to include permanent murals. DCI hopes that the Zagar community mural project will be the catalyst for an ongoing permanent mural project in the downtown.
Our opportunity to improve downtown as a community has arrived. Please donate and show your support.
Noel Purdy, Downtown Chambersburg Inc.