PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — For two years, the Presque Isle Downtown Revitalization Committee has worked to attract more attention to the downtown.
The group succeeded earlier this week when members of the group gathered with city officials, education leaders and members of the community to unveil a new mural in the downtown that showcases the city’s educational opportunities.
On Monday afternoon, officials from Northern Maine Community College, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and SAD 1 in Presque Isle joined forces to help unveil the 104-foot mural, which adorns a concrete support wall on Main Street next to the KeyBank building between State and Hall streets.
The mural features pictures of students who attend and activities conducted at all three educational institutions. It was a collaborative effort between all three entities. The mural covers up what was once a gray concrete wall.
Presque Isle City Manager Tom Stevens was pleased to see the mural unveiled, saying it was a “first of its kind” attraction in Presque Isle that would help draw additional attention to the city and its educational resources.
Dr. Gehrig Johnson, superintendent of SAD 1, agreed, saying he felt the mural “sends a very good message about the personal relationship we have with NMCC and UMPI.”
Tim Crowley, the president of NMCC, said the mural “illustrates the wide array of high-quality educational opportunities available to the people of Presque Isle and northern Maine.”
He added that all of the institutions depicted on the mural “play a vitally important role in educating the future work force and leaders of our region.”
UMPI President Don Zillman was equally pleased about what the mural would add to the city.
Patty LeBlanc, the chairwoman of the downtown revitalization committee, said that officials had been working on this project for a little more than a year. She said she hoped that other downtown businesses would be inspired to create their own murals.
“We are encouraging other businesses with blank walls to get artists to paint them,” she said. “It will make the city more attractive.”