Color Carlisle: Creating Public Art in Carlisle

The Importance of Public Art in Communities

As stated by Mark Stern, Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, “Investment in the arts and cultural resources can benefit local and state economies by supporting job growth, stimulating commerce and sustaining neighborhoods by stabilizing property values. The benefits are especially great in communities that don’t have highly visible art identities but do contain rich cultural resources.” He goes on to say, “Communities benefit in multiple ways when there is a vibrant arts and culture base… we can combine information on a full variety of measures of well-being in a neighborhood, including arts and culture, to see where in the city there are major barriers to having neighborhoods that are affordable, livable, safe and healthy.”

With the implementation of a community mural program, we are striving to generate an ongoing proactive approach to maintaining a positive and connected community that focuses on healthy, sustainable, and safe living spaces that celebrate the diversity in our population, both racially and socioeconomically.

How The Future of Carlisle Benefits from Public Art

As documented by the Borough of Carlisle in a recent Census study, the community residents feel that there is need for focused attention on safety and building maintenance/upkeep as well as providing targeted measures for increased safety and awareness in various neighborhoods. We believe that our initial project is simply the beginning of our vision to “canvas the city of Carlisle” with inspiring and community driven works of art. The youth within the Carlisle Area are our future and through each project, we allow them to grow into leaders, taking pride and ownership of their community and the public works of art they are creating. We hope through the development and creation of mural works and other various public art projects, we are able to create safe and welcoming environments for families and children for current and future generations.

About The Artist

Our first featured artist is Ophelia Chambliss – a local artist in York City. Her work has been showcased both locally and in Philadelphia. You can find out more about her here:

Contact Color Carlisle

If you are interested in providing support or learning more about how art in the public space can benefit the community in Carlisle and the neighborhoods around you, contact us today to be a part of this ongoing mission.

Advisory Board:

  • Greg Guenther, President, Young Adult Ministry Leader at St. Paul Lutheran Church
  • Ashley Gogoj, Vice President, Art Department Chair at Carlisle Area School District
  • Brenda Landis
  • Laura Guenther
  • Miranda Aaron
  • Blythe Foreman
  • Mallory Frank
  • Todd Arsenault

How To Donate or Contribute to Color Carlisle

Interested in donating to the community mural project in Carlisle? Donations can be made to the Downtown Carlisle Association. You can also donate online through our GoFundMe page here:

Tax exempt donations to benefit the creation of public art and murals in the downtown Carlisle area can be sent to: 

Downtown Carlisle Association: Color Carlisle
c/o Greg Guenther, President
53 W South St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Checks can be made out to: Downtown Carlisle Association with a memo to Color Carlisle

Color Carlisle is a 501 (c) 3 operating under the Downtown Carlisle Association

For more information contact:
Greg Guenther by email at or by phone at 717-439-7515

Approved By: DCA, CALC, Borough of Carlisle, and CAEDC