An Artistic Vision for Downtown Scranton

Local artist Ryan Hnat has a vision for Scranton. Keeping in mind the Electric City's long and detailed history, he wants to preserve that, while also adding to its look with murals.
An Artistic Vision for Downtown Scranton

Local artist, business owner, and educator, Ryan Hnat, recently created the group "Northeast Art Project," or NEAP, for short. This group started as the Scranton Mural Project, which originated with a mural on the side of Levels Bar and Grill on Dix Court, across from Courthouse Square. Hnat wants to preserve the history of the Electric City, through murals throughout Downtown Scranton.

Says Hnat, "It's an awesome city to visit. And if we get some artwork that's really radical and edgy on the walls or just some traditional stuff when we find those right painters, we're just going to add more to the city."

Some of the projects coming up for NEAP are:

  • A mural-themed scavenger hunt on July 21 that will serve as a fundraiser to support future public art, beginning at Electric City Escape, which Hnat owns with his wife, Amy Hnat.
  • A mural in Scranton’s Center Street.
  • An artist tryout for August, a full day event where any artists who wants to create public art in Northeast Pennsylvania can come out and create an excerpt of a mural or idea.

Read more about Hnat's vision for the city on WNEP and the Times-Tribune.

NEAP is also on Facebook.

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