UTICA, N.Y. – Berkshire Bank and the United Way of the Mohawk Valley partnered to restore a mural in Proctor Park, using a design commissioned from two young artists.
This was the first in-person project for the bank since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We actually partnered originally five years ago on this project. It had been tagged with some graffiti, and the bank’s logo changed in the meantime. So, it’s kind of the right time to freshen it up, and bring the bank’s new mission to life, and showcase our diversity and inclusion,” said Matthew Nicholl, Berkshire’s vice president of business banking.
The mural design includes a large ‘X’ as a symbol of inclusion.
Young artists Sophie Mandia, 15, of New Hartford, and Deondre Linder, 19, of Utica, worked together on the mural project.
Both of the artists are members of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, which teaches kids in middle and high school business development and research.