City of Bangor to Celebrate ARTober in October

September 22, 2022
Bangor, Maine - Bangor is a small city with a vibrant arts community. For the past seven years, the City of Bangor has celebrated its vibrant arts community by designating October as ARTober! As the fear of COVID recedes, the Bangor Commission on Cultural Development together with the Downtown Bangor Partnership are happy to announce that events this year will be live and in person, beginning with a Sidewalk Art Festival on Saturday, October 1 on Harlow Street, and an Opening Reception on Friday, October 7 at the Zillman Art Museum. Both events are free and open to the public.

During this year’s Opening Reception, the first Bangor Arts Award winner will be announced. This award is for an individual or organization embodying and/or supporting the vitality and creativity of Bangor’s arts community. The recipient Bangor artist of the year will receive a $1,000 cash award and recognition at Bangor City Hall. A committee made up of Bangor residents representing a variety of fields selected the winner from a list of superb nominees proposed by community members. The artist could be from any art form including but not limited to visual arts, music, performing arts, or the written arts.

The ARTober Committee and the Downtown Bangor Partnership will keep a calendar listing of arts and cultural events scheduled during the month of October on their Facebook pages and respective websites. You are encouraged to check out this calendar and support our arts organizations with your presence. Any individual or organization wishing to be included in the calendar should contact

Artist Steven Francis Cook was recently chosen by the Commission on Cultural Development to create a work of art to be installed at the Davis Brook Project. A dedication of this piece of art is anticipated before the end of ARTober. 
“The arts are the lifeblood of our communities, raising morale, creating community cohesion, and providing comfort during dark times, while also delivering a huge economic footprint. The sector has suffered devastating losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is vital that we support our creative workers in the months and years to come,” said Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.

ARTober gives us a chance to acknowledge the important role that the arts play in the life of our community and in the lives of our citizens. The City of Bangor has a lot to celebrate.

Betsy Lundy, Executive Director, (207) 922-2451

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