Where Sidewalks End
ABOUT: Where Sidewalks End isn’t an ordinary art show; it’s a call to action. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports in 2016 a pedestrian was killed every 1.5 hours in traffic crashes. These numbers are going up year after year.
The exhibition will explore how neighborhoods and communities can become disconnected because of forgotten, neglected, or ignored investments in people-centered infrastructure. When sidewalks are overgrown, not maintained, or simply do not exist in communities, residents can become isolated in their homes or risk their own safety by being forced to walk in dangerous situations like broken or obstructed sidewalks or even worse, in the shoulder of a busy roadway.
In this exhibition a group of six photographers, two each from Mahoning, Mercer and Trumbull Counties, will help illustrate the challenges that exist as a result of aging or non-existent infrastructure.
Soap / Mahoning County Photographers
RAA / Mercer County Photographers:
TAG / FACT / Trumbull County Photographers
Rachel E. Hathhorn
We explore and bring awareness to how our citizens can become marginalized by living in areas without connectivity to the assets and amenities that exist for people that own a personal vehicle or live in neighborhoods with access to retail, medical and public transportation.
We also look at how in some of our communities the lack of sidewalks, bike paths and trails make walking, running or riding bicycles dangerous.
The exhibition also looks at solutions to infrastructure issues underway in our region that address reconnecting people to the larger community and the resources that reinvigorate neighborhoods and lay the groundwork for creating safer, healthy and walkable communities.
Throughout the exhibition we will seek public input on potential solutions from community members who will also be invited to tell personal stories. Photographers will be invited to document where their Sidewalks end online.
Public submissions of photographs and stories will be displayed with attributions in each of the Where Sidewalks End exhibitions throughout the region and in educational materials.
CLICK HERE to join us by sharing your sidewalk photos & stories!
Submissions are being accepted throughout 2019.
Snapshots and stories can also be shared on Instagram or Facebook by tagging #sidewalksolutions #hcpmvsidewalks.
The Soap Gallery
August 2 – September 5
117 S Champion St,
Youngstown, OH 44503
RAA Gallery & Art Emporium
September 21 – October 31
76 Shenango Ave
Sharon, PA 16146
Trumbull Art Gallery
November 14 – December 27
158-162 North Park Ave.
Warren, OH 44481
Program Partners: Center for Working Class Studies, City Club of the Mahoning Valley, Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, Lit Youngstown, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership