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 explores 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.

PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Soap / Mahoning County Photographers
Michael McAllister 
Joseph Napier

RAA / Mercer County Photographers:
Tim Cimperman 
Gil Thurman

TAG / FACT / Trumbull County Photographers
Rachel E. Hathhorn 
Mikenna McClurg 

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!