New Paltz Middle school students on their way for an after-school snack will walk by a painting of the flag, if money to paint one on the side of La Bella Pizza Bistro is successfully raised. Tim Rogers launched an online crowdfunding campaign this week to do precisely that. His online pitch reads in part, “Individuals from across New Paltz who might not always see eye to eye politically have been working together on a fundraiser to support a permanent mural installation in New Paltz featuring our U.S. flag. No singular ideology or worldview can lay claim to what our flag means and represents,” which he believes is encapsulated by the phrase, “with liberty and justice for all.”
Rogers, who serves as mayor of the Village of New Paltz, confirmed that no public funds are being sought to hire an artist to paint such a mural. The target amount is $5,000, roughly a third of which had been pledged by Monday afternoon.
The campaign can be found on gofundme.com by searching for “New Paltz flag mural.”