Driving through the Pocono Mountains has become more colorful thanks to a number of Adams Outdoor Advertising billboards featuring work from some of the area’s talented artists and artisans.
ArtPop is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with local arts councils and media companies to promote local artists and give them a voice, create public street galleries and energize residents’ commutes. Currently, ArtPop is on the streets of 14 cities nationwide and growing quickly! Art + Public Outdoor Project = ArtPop.
ArtPop Poconos features local artists living or working in Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties and the Slate Belt area of Northampton County. To learn more about the artists featured on area billboards, follow the links below.
2017 ArtPop Artists
The Pocono Arts Council has a history of supporting the evolution of street art in our community. Street art is a positive agent of change, empowering artists and the community at large by engaging open dialogue to create unity where divisions are likely to exist. Murals beautify and attract visitors in a way that can serve to bolster the local economy. Ultimately, murals created by local artists on facades owned by local businesses is a reminder that all things are possible when we work together.
Active Mural Project (May 31-August 30, 2018)
In 2018, there is a new model in place for the creation of murals in the community. St’ART Stroudsburg will serve as a conduit between businesses/individuals interested in having murals created on their property and artists looking for an opportunity to create mural artwork. St’ART Stroudsburg, an affiliate of the Pocono Arts Council, will administer the program and the building owner and businesses within the building will fund the program. Murals will remain in place at the sole discretion of the owner(s).
The aim of the mural program is to add vibrancy to the community and provide opportunities for artists to create and display their creativity.
2018 Active Mural Artwork Project: The Cure, 517 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA
There is a Call to Artists for the creation of a mural project (64’l x 13’h) on the wall adjacent to The Cure restaurant on Main Street. Click here for the Request for Proposal (PDF). All terms of the proposal must be met.
Call to Artists: May 31, 2018
RFP Deadline: June 15, 2018
Artist Selection and Notification: Week of June 18, 2018
Painting Begins: July 1, 2018
Painting Finish Deadline: August 30, 2018
Mural Project History
In 2015, Jody Singer and Ashley Catherine Fontones created St’ART Stroudsburg to continue a mural program in the community. St’ART Stroudsburg also created St’ART Experiences, a street art program that creates experimental workshops for developmentally challenged individuals and ESIU 20 programs.
In 2016, two 18’ x 24’ murals were created in Downtown Stroudsburg.
In 2017, a public mural, also hosted by St’ART Stroudsburg, was created at the Mountain Center in Tobyhanna, PA by Jillian DeLuca. Two additional murals were created on Ann Street in Stroudsburg, PA by Kayla O’Connor and Carly Kripps, as part of the Artworks for Businesses program.
In 2018, St’ART Stroudsburg is a committee under the Pocono Arts Council and has been meeting and working to re-frame a program to bring together people interested in having public mural(s) on their building wall or other supporting structure with qualified artists using their talents and creativity. This idea has mutually beneficial outcomes – a new public mural is born which automatically attracts attention to the mural location; and stipends are now paid to artists for the work to create the mural (after their concept is chosen and the murals are completed). Paints and other supplies are also provided. Each mural is coated with anti-graffiti coating after they are created. Committee members include two Pocono Arts Council board members, Jody Singer and Brandon Jones, and volunteers Jane Mayhew MacHale, Nora Goodwin and Jake Roth.
Project Street Art
In 2014, Project Street Art began as a collaborative effort led by Shane Izykowski, team leader, as well as Ashley Fontones, Brandon Jones, Sonya Leticia, and Jody Singer. The program began under the non-profit status of the Sherman Theater and then shifted under the umbrella of the Pocono Arts Council. A total of 11 installations were completed in Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg, PA. Project Street Art officially disbanded in 2015 as members moved on to new endeavors. The amazing results can be enjoyed on a stroll through Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg and by visiting Project Street Art on Facebook.