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Alison Bankowski 

Alison Bankowski: Banker with a major interest in art


NASHUA — Alison Bankowski, a banking professional by trade, has a hardcore passion for the arts that is helping to enhance the culture of the Gate City and beyond. 


Bankowski, 31, said, "Art is a way of expressing a creative experience, and inviting others in to share that experience. I have always had a passion for celebrating life in a positive way. Art is such a large part of my everyday life that I hardly even stop to think about it." 


She is active with Positive Street Art, is founder of the Downtown Art Movement, is chairman of iUGO's Better Living program, is part of Nashua's Young Professionals Network and serves on the advisory board for Girls Incorporated of Nashua. 


Bankowski recently organized an Art in Bloom event and a Flash Exhibition for the Downtown Art Movement to showcase local artists and their mixed media, photographs, painting, sculptures and more. 


She says the success of her past art showcases have been a personal achievement, and she is looking forward to her next project, dubbed Reflections. 


As an artist, Bankowski said she admires women who are strong-willed, independent and inspiring, who have ideas, visions and dreams that they chase rather than give up. 


One of her goals, she said, is to make an impact - whether big or small — and make a change for the better at every level, whether it is locally, statewide or across the nation. 


Giving back and paying it forward have been a motto she tries to follow. 


"If I had the option, I would love to bring a multicultural center for the arts to Nashua's downtown district — a place of music, dance, theater and art exhibitions," said Bankowski. 


A local arts center would serve as a permanent invitation to the public to appreciate art, educate the community about artistic diversity and inspire future artists, which would all enrich Nashua's art scene, she said.


"Bridging metropolitan art opportunities with Nashua's downtown business community, Alison works to foster a greater appreciation for artistic expression," said Brian Lavoie, a former 40 Under Forty honoree.

"Alison sees the potential for diversity of expression in Nashua and is passionate about strengthening the Nashua community through support of its artists."

When she isn't working as a bank loan accountant with State Street Bank & Trust Professional, Bankowski is busy organizing fashion shows, paint socials, art shows and other events more commonly found in larger cities, according to Lavoie.


Recently, she helped organize Nashua's first citywide block party. 


"She gives her time generously, helping groups to improve the execution of their events and vastly improve the exposure they receive. She is continuously thinking about new and creative ways to make New Hampshire a better place to live, to make it a more attractive and vibrant place for young professionals to return to," said Lavoie. 


Bankowski is a 2001 graduate of Nashua Senior High School and has a degree in communications from the University of New Hampshire.

        

March 16 Reception!

Join the New Hampshire Union Leader, Citizens Bank and the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire as we honor this year’s 40 Under Forty class.

When: March 16, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Grappone Conference Center – Concord, NH

Tickets: Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online by clicking the button below or you can arrange for tickets by calling 603.206.7834 or emailing ewhalen@unionleader.com.

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Class of 2016

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Kris Mailepors: 'Better leaders produce better results'

Neil Nicholson: 'He's never lost sight of the importance of helping others'

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John Vaccarezza: 'Mr. Vacc' has settled in with Central Pride

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Michael Dimos: A big booster for Manchester

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Brent Kiley: A leader's job is to listen

Brent Kiley: A leader's job is to listen

Amy Manzelli: Busy mom is an attorney focused on the environment

Amy Manzelli: Busy mom is an attorney focused on the environment

Charles Lloyd: Finding success in giving back

Charles Lloyd: Finding success in giving back

Subash Acharya: Bhutan native helps refugees become self-sufficient

Subash Acharya: Bhutan native helps refugees become self-sufficient

Cam Brensinger: Building a foundation for the future

Cam Brensinger: Building a foundation for the future

Christine DeAngelis: Focused on Rochester children, economics

Christine DeAngelis: Focused on Rochester children, economics

Joshua Bourdon: Derry councilor sees potential in everybody

Joshua Bourdon: Derry councilor sees potential in everybody

Deo Mwano: Giving back has been a healing process

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Anthony Correnti: Eye doc sees constant challenges

Anthony Correnti: Eye doc sees constant challenges

Jennifer Creasey: Franklin native gives back to her city

Jennifer Creasey: Franklin native gives back to her city

Peter Laufenberg: Helping students along the career path

Peter Laufenberg: Helping students along the career path

Maria Noel Groves: Herbalist spreads the word on wellness

Maria Noel Groves: Herbalist spreads the word on wellness

Allison Joseph: MY TURN executive helps at-risk youth

Allison Joseph: MY TURN executive helps at-risk youth

Jason Bergeron: His family embraces 'live for today'

Jason Bergeron: His family embraces 'live for today'

Michael Browning: His goal is creating game changers

Michael Browning: His goal is creating game changers

 Suraj Budathoki: New U.S. citizen advocates for human rights

Suraj Budathoki: New U.S. citizen advocates for human rights

 Kat Antonioli: Nonprofit co-founder believes it's better to give than to receive

Kat Antonioli: Nonprofit co-founder believes it's better to give than to receive

Jackie Christensen: onCampus creator 'cuts through the noise'

Jackie Christensen: onCampus creator 'cuts through the noise'

Jennifer A. Vadney: Opening doors to new homes

Jennifer A. Vadney: Opening doors to new homes

Jessica Chabot: P.R. pro volunteers to help veterans

Jessica Chabot: P.R. pro volunteers to help veterans

Jason B. Grosky: Prosecutor's commitment to civic life is a juggling act

Jason B. Grosky: Prosecutor's commitment to civic life is a juggling act

 Dr. Adrian Thomas: Surgeon's evenings filled with family

Dr. Adrian Thomas: Surgeon's evenings filled with family

Kendra Bell: Proud to be from the North Country

Kendra Bell: Proud to be from the North Country

Tara Albert: Key to her success caring for the environment is loving the job

Tara Albert: Key to her success caring for the environment is loving the job

Joseph Manzoli Jr.: The power of a superhero

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Jason Beaudet: Transforming design into reality

Jason Beaudet: Transforming design into reality

Jennifer Malone: Vet goes the extra mile to provide creature comforts

Jennifer Malone: Vet goes the extra mile to provide creature comforts

Martha Frechette: Working with dogs 'just makes your day'

Martha Frechette: Working with dogs 'just makes your day'

Shaloo Savla: A drive to be part of the solution

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Maria Proulx: A strong work ethic pays off

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 Katherine Peters: Commitment to energy efficiency, public service drives career

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Kevin Smith: Leading Londonderry forward

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Meredith Stidham: Committed to social justice

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Dave Tencza: Protecting NH's most vulnerable

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Gina Powers: State House lobbyist thrives on volunteer work

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Fr. Kyle Stanton: Young priest a pastor to two flocks

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Class of 2017 Nominations

Please summarize below the nominee's professional and volunteer accomplishments, and other special factors that you feel make them deserving of this recognition. Please include complete contact information for nominee.

For more information on the 40 Under 40 program, contact Shannon K. Sullivan, Community Relations Manager, 603-206-7833 or ssullivan@unionleader.com.

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