To the editor:
I moved back to my hometown of Bristol in December of 2007.
After living and traveling in places like California, Italy, Costa Rica, China, Serbia and Macedonia, it was clear to me that public art is a defining way to tell the stories of a place. It is an expression of the way a community feels about itself and it spreads outward to people who pass through and visit. For nearly a decade, I along with other fellow artists had worked to get public art into Bristol and it was met with repeated push back even when we were raising our own money and artists were volunteering their time.
It wasn’t until Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu was elected into office that Bristol finally had leadership in place who valued the arts and beautifying Bristol. She recognized how art can tell the stories of our history, can uplift our community for us, the citizens, and inspiring those who come to the city. It has been an absolute honor to be an advocate for the arts through our City Arts and Culture Commission and to have leadership in place that values making Bristol a place we can all take pride in. This is why I ask of you to please re-elect Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and our council leadership on Nov. 2.
We are on a path filled with vibrant color, life and a rejuvenated energy. Together we can keep this momentum going!